Every year, we spend BILLIONS of dollars on vitamins, mostly without really knowing if we need them, or if they’re doing us any good. They are the most commonly used supplement in the world.
In this ep we take a look at the current scientific research behind some of the most popular ones, and cover:
- Whether multivitamins contain the same stuff
- How sailors helped us discover vitamins.
- The scientific evidence for and against taking one-pill for everything
- Whether it’s more beneficial to take isolated vitamins or one big multi.
- Can they help you live your healthiest and longest life?
- What a ‘therapeutic dose’ means
- What the AUST L number is and why you need to look for it on packaging
- Which trusted brands Sal will be prescribing as a Clinical Nutritionist in Australia.
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