The supplement puzzle

THE threat of osteoporotic fractures has been kept at bay for many years by the medical profession’s endorsement of the use of calcium supplements.1

But recently, whether doctors should recommend patients take calcium supplements was thrown into question after a study linked their use to an increased risk of heart disease.

On a larger scale, the new study has cast a shadow on the use of all supplements. How do we know what is safe and what is not? How are GPs to know the best way to advise their patients?

“In a way [this study]