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Vitamin D for Muscle and Balance?

Why did a recent study show that both high and low-dose vitamin D didn't improve muscle strength or balance in women despite the fact that other studies have shown vitamin D to help? The likely answer has to do with the vitamin D status (i.e., blood levels) of the people chosen to participate in these studies. To find out what you should do to improve your balance and reduce your chance of falling, see the "Muscle, Balance and Falls" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Choosing Olive Oil for Cholesterol Benefit

Certain types of olive oil may be more effective at improving cholesterol levels according to a recent analysis. Find out more in the What It Does section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review. (Also see our Top Picks among extra virgin olive oils).

Hip Fracture Risk With Too Much B-6

A new study found that older men and women who took a high daily dose of vitamin B-6 had a 42% increased risk of hip fracture. Get the details in the "Vitamin B-6" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also, be aware that many supplements on the market contain the amount of B-6 used in this study, or more, in a daily serving! For help choosing a B-Complex or B-6 supplement that suits your needs without providing too much B-6, see our Top Picks among B vitamin supplements.

Supplement vs. Prescription Fish Oil?

As we have written before, by choosing an extremely concentrated fish oil supplement, you can get essentially the same type of fish oil as you would get from a prescription fish oil. But according to a recent study, fish oil supplements are more likely to be rancid (oxidized) than prescription fish oil. However, a closer look at the study by ConsumerLab staff suggests that this finding may be misleading, as explained in the "Quality Concerns" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review >>

Best Form of Magnesium?

Find out how forms and formulations of magnesium differ, and their usefulness for different conditions. See the Choosing the Right Form of Magnesium section of our Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for magnesium.

How Forms of Magnesium Compare

Magnesium supplements are used to raise magnesium levels (which requires good absorption from the gut), as laxatives, and as antacids. The best form of magnesium depends on why you're taking it. To help you choose the right form, we've put together a magnesium comparison table. Also see our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

Moderna vs. Pfizer: When to Choose One Over the Other

Two very different medical reports this week seem to indicate important, although subtle, differences between these two mRNA vaccines. Namely, that the Moderna vaccine has somewhat greater efficacy but, not unexpectedly, at somewhat greater risk of myocarditis in younger people. This seems to suggest that, if given a choice, Moderna may be better for older people while Pfizer may be safer for younger people.

Mixing Boosters

If you are eligible for a booster, you can now choose any booster regardless of your original vaccine. This may be particularly helpful to those who received the J&J vaccine.

Spoiled Fish Oil Is Less Effective

Spoiled fish oil does not lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, while the same amount of non-spoiled fish oil does, according to a new study. If you take fish oil to improve your cholesterol levels, it would seem best to use a product that is not spoiled — something ConsumerLab tests for. (It may also be best to choose an oil in the triglyceride form, rather than the ethyl ester form). For details, see the "Quality Concerns" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among fish oils.

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