A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements: Magic Bullets or Modern Snake Oil (Nutrition, Exercise, Sports, and Health)

Written by one of the foremost experts on sports nutrition and performance, A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements takes a critical look at the dietary supplement industry. With an estimated 60 percent of adult Americans using dietary supplements every day, the need for a thorough examination of the hundreds of products on the market is long overdue. This comprehensive guide (Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine) presents straightforward analysis from a consumer's perspective, giving you the facts on more than 140 supplements and information on which supplements work (and which don't!) for a wide range of health conditions—from preventing cancer and heart disease to fighting diabetes and depression.United States Department of Agriculture surveys show that more than 70 percent of Americans fail to achieve daily recommended levels for many vitamins and minerals. With today's emphasis on fitness, millions are investing their money and health in quick-fix solutions-supplements promoted as cure-alls to right nutritional wrongs, lower the likelihood of disease, and work dietary miracles. A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements presents a more realistic view of supplements as neither miracle cure nor nutritional sham, but as consumer products to be accepted or rejected based on scientific fact, not fitness fantasy.A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements looks at the pros and cons of dietary supplements in the areas of: weight loss bones and joints energy, brain, and mood heart, eye, and gastrointestinal health male and female health cancer, diabetes, and the immune system sports and ergogenic aidsIn addition, the book presents an overview of the dietary supplement industry and the regulations that govern it and looks at the process for developing new products. Designed to cut through the confusion surrounding dietary supplements, A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplemens is an invaluable resource for students, educators and professionals who deal with nutrition, exercise, physical education, nursing, and anyone else interested in health and fitness.

Amazon Sales Rank: #1663026 in Books Published on: 2003-01-02 Original language: English Number of items: 1 Binding: Hardcover 746 pages

The best feedback from customers on July 7 people found the following review helpful. Critical evaluation of what works and what does not work for Midwest Book Review consciously written by an expert in sports nutrition and performance M. Shawn Talbott, A guide to understanding dietary supplements is an efficient and well-written 713-page survey of more than 140 dietary supplements, critical evaluation of what works and what does not. Summary of the claims, theory, scientific report, safety, value, and the dose of each supplement common, A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements is an excellent resource to consult doctors, pharmacists and interested non-specialist general readers interested in dietary supplements health and fitness. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Excellent objective view, a scientist in most supplements by Dr. JJ Fenton Talbott's book strikes the reader as the best available in the area of ​​nutritional supplements is different from the mass of literature on this subject is very objective and scientific. The author's opinion on the value of each supplement on the basis of the medical literature. Using this perspective can cut the hype, commercial bias, and personal opinions that are the main driver for most of the other books in this field. Dr. Talbott has a unique gift, which is the ability to write scientific explanations for the mechanism of supplements and yet to make his writing understandable to a lay public. I have rarely read a book before that science was a pleasure to read. While the main focus of Dr. Talbott is the value (or less) of each supplement includes additional material that is also very enjoyable to read. Foremost among these information are other methods (excluding supplements), such as dietary manipulation, to obesity, to treat common diseases, etc. He also has 50 to 60 pages of introductory information on the broad field of dietary supplements and allows the reader excellent summary of the substance. There is only one criticism that I do and it leads me to the book, four stars instead of 5. It is the fact that the book is now 8 years old. This would be a minor concern in some areas, but we are dealing with a rapidly growing area. The book is a need for re-editing, and I really hope that Dr. Talbott is a new edition to write. If you only read one book in this area, do it here. See all 2 reviews ....