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Vitamin D supplements aren’t living up to their hype

Dena Herman, adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a Science News article about vitamin D supplements.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

In the supplement world, vitamin D is a bit like a Kardashian. Its fame seemed to come out of nowhere about a decade ago, garnering so much press so fast that it’s hard to remember a time when people weren’t talking about it.

Vitamin D had long been known for protecting bones, but its star began to rise in the early 2000s after researchers made connections hinting that vitamin D was good for a lot more than our skeletons. It appeared to help protect against a lengthy list of ailments, including multiple sclerosis, asthma, depression, heart disease and cancer. The vitamin also was said to improve athletic performance.

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