Sense and Nonsense of Dietary Supplements

Scientific evaluation of Cardiovascular health benefits of dietary supplements

Sense and Nonsense: Dietary Supplements for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Sense and Nonsense of dietary supplements for  Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
CVD risk Chart

The dietary supplement market is crowded with charlatans and manufacturers that sell nonsense. The aim of this website is to separate the sense from the nonsense of dietary supplements that claim to reduce cardiovascular risk.

We analyzed the current market of dietary supplements, specifically focusing on supplements targeted at reducing cardiovascular risk by claiming to reduce cholesterol, relax vessels, improve blood viscosity or reduce blood pressure. This analysis showed that a large number of the health claims on widely used products are unsubstantiated. In many cases there are studies available that prove the supplements do not work or might even have adverse effects, but still manufacturers are selling them to consumers as if they could promote cardiovascular disease prevention.

On this website we provide an overview of the results of our analysis. We use a traffic light as a metaphor to indicate the current consensus on the health benefits within the scientific community.

Traffic Light Green

Recommended: The health claims are scientifically substantiated and the suppl ement can be recommended for use to prevent cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and/or diabetes.

Traffic Light Orange

Promising scientific results are available but still insufficient to fully substantiate the health claims and to recommend use.

Traffic light Red

Don’t use: The health claims are not substantiated by scientific evidence, safety is not known or products are unsafe to use.


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