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With the frightening lack of regulation that is given to a health product merely if you call it a “supplement,” there has been an incredible profusion of products which claim to improve your health by supplementing your diet.

As you may expect, there is actually good evidence for some of these, but which ones have it and which ones are marketing hype?

The folks over at Information is Beautiful have taken it upon themselves to look at the evidence for a number of different dietary supplements to determine which ones are good, which ones are not yet known to help, and which ones are a waste of money.

The infographic below is organized by the weight of evidence. The higher the balloon, the stronger the evidence for the supplement’s benefits. It should be noted that they are only rated for the health conditions listed below or within each balloon.

I am also happy to point out that supplements like Vitamin A and wheatgrass have almost zero evidence behind them. Supplements like these are the result of “organic/natural” hype and multi-vitamin fallacies.


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[Via Information is Beautiful]