An Overview of Nutritional Supplements

Dietary supplements have become an enormous industry over the years, as people search for more natural treatments for their health problems. There is quite a bit of distrust in the drug companies and regulatory commissions such as the U.S. FDA. This is understpillsandable; when large amounts of money and power are involved, corruption can occur very quickly. 

Witness the whistle-blowers that have come out of the FDA, with stories of being strong-armed into approving drugs because of the high lobbying abilities of the drug companies.


The editors here at believe these problems are not inherent to the ""evil"" pharmaceutical companies but are more a basic component of human nature when exposed to high levels of cash.

And the dietary supplement industry is big money. Big. People are starving for natural treatments that fly in the face of greedy corporations, and this leads to a large amount of money moving in the direction of the supplement industry. And this can create the same problems people see in the pharmaceutical companies. For instance, did you know that flaxseed oil is a much less efficient form of omega-3 fatty acid than fish oil supplements? To the point of being almost completely useless? Yet there is a huge industry of flaxseed in Canada that continues to hype the supplement so much that most people still think it's worthwhile to use.

It's a two-way street, folks, with basic human nature at it's core. It's not a matter of Big Pharmaceuticals = Evil and Natural Supplements = Benevolent. It's simply a matter of Money = Get You To Buy.

So what is our goal here at We want to give you, the reader, the most objective review of dietary supplements we can, and break the myths that fishoilcontinue to be perpetuated through anecdotes. How? We research the scientific literature for you, and boil it down to the basics. We look for what you want to know about supplements (such as: can vitamin E really get rid of scars?) and scour BOTH the scientific studies as well as the anecdotes from the ""street-level"" consumer to try to come up with an answer that comes closest to the truth.

But are scientific studies themselves biased?

In some cases, it's quite possible since the funding for those studies can come out of the pockets of large pharmaceuticals. Fortunately for nutritional supplements, they cannot be pantented like pharmaceutial drugs, and so they tend to be less susceptible to corruption. In fact, research is not as common on supplements because of this fact, and many of the studies performed are funded by governmental agencies.

This tends to lead to less biased research but less of it in general, and so you will find many of the conclusions about these dietary supplements to be inconclusive.

We try to use multiple sources for each of our articles to give you the best information that exists to date.

So, to begin, simply look up a supplement in our list, or browse by medical condition.