Chapter’s 13, 14 & 15
Topic 1 & 2
There is on one topic this week because it is a long video on supplements. Answering all questions will get you full credit and you can post any time during the week. I want to start this topic by saying I used to work for a company who supplies vitamin, mineral and botanical supplements (herbs and essential oils). That company used all evidence based studies in a sophisticated program that collects health data and bases recommendations based on a person’s need as well as medical conditions. The company used amounts that are only backed by clinical trials and science. I also want to say that, undisputed, it is always better to get nutrition from food and not supplements. The foods have an array of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and other substances that can provide nutrition and a pill only provides the substances in the pill.
Vitamins and Supplements: Less is More
This video looks at observational vs randomized trials (RCT) to consider current science on popular supplements. I am only assigning the first hour (start at 6 minutes and listen through 1:04), but the last 30 minutes considers Omega-3s if you are interested). In your post, please include the following:
1. List 3 ideas that were new to you or different than what you expected.
2. How does an observational study differ from a randomized trial and which is more reliable?
3. Compare the information in the video to what you have read, so far, in the book. (Some of the nutrients he discusses are for upcoming chapters, a little peak ahead.)
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