Supplement Fads cost Americans Millions, and lack research

Supplement Fads.  Did you ever notice that people buy vitamins as trends or fads?   In fact, isn’t magnesium the latest miracle cure?  Before that it was red yeast rice.  Even longer ago, it was probiotics and fish oil.  Sadly, these trends often outpace any research.  As a result, you’re playing roulette with your health.

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Supplement fads.

While some of these supplements, like fish oil, have strong merits, many do not.  In fact, the only studies backing red yeast were quite flawed.  In the study, experts took the active ingredient from red yeast rice, and gave patients dosages that were way beyond realistic.  Sadly, all other studies showed no benefit.  However, many flocked to it like it was a miracle cure long before the release of any research.  When you realize that over half of all Americans like you take supplements, it’s scary to think many people are wasting their hard-earned money.

Sometimes, people will make decisions based on preliminary studies.  However, these studies do not validate the supplement’s benefits.  Instead, they only state that the pills may show benefit.  However, experts need to conduct more valid studies to confirm the benefits.  These trends turn out to be the latest supplement fads.

The Real Problem

Why are Americans looking for that magic bullet?  Sadly, because the Standard American Diet is so poor, many turn to supplements.  They hope that the “magic little pills” will replace the nutrition missing from their food.  Unfortunately, this gives some the excuse to eat however they want.  In fact, sometimes this rationale is subconscious.  However, there is no supplement that can replace your food.  This includes the latest supplement fads.  In fact, some supplements can be dangerous.  For example, two huge studies in the 1990s found that beta carotene pills actually increased lung cancer. Likewise, a clinical trial published in 2011 found that vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent. However, I need to point out this study “picked on” a certain form of vitamin E, and other forms do not have this problem.

As a result, there’s not short-cut.  The best way to get valuable nutrition is from your food.  Additionally, the best sources are fresh fruits and vegetables.  While some supplements, like fish oil and vitamin D, do have strong merit, you can even get these in your food.  In fact, that’s the best place to get them.

Why We’re Different

So, I bet I know what you’re thinking.  “Come on Doc, you sell supplements too.”  And yes, I do.  However, the pills I sell are quite different.  You see, the pills I sell are enzyme supplements.  They help your body digest, absorb and use the valuable nutrients from your food.  If you get the nutrients from your food, you don’t have to pop pills hoping they will replace your diet.  Additionally, we only make recommendations after thorough testing.  Look at it this way.  Let’s say you want to build a house.  Your food is the wood, concrete, drywall, windows, etc.  The enzymes are the construction crew that will take those valuable materials and make something useful out of them.  Without enzymes, your body cannot use the vital nutrients from your food, or supplements for that matter.

Of course, our testing and solutions are scientific and based on sound medical principals.  In fact, many of my patients end up spending less money on supplements because they need fewer.

We Can Help…

Are you health conscious?  Would you like to get the most out of your food and supplements?  Would you like to save money taking fewer pills?  If so, don’t wait.  In fact, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. If you do, I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  Together, we can determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, I’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.


After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Supplement fads
Supplement fads cost Americans billions. Many do not have the research to back them.