Part of the 'Complete Idiot's Guide' series.
Every year Americans spend more than $4 billion on vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, seeking better health, a longer and more vigorous life, and help in treating health problems. The human body requires 13 different vitamins and at least 10 minerals to stay alive - and the only way to get them is to eat them. Our understanding of how vitamins, minerals, and supplements work is growing by leaps and bounds - and the second edition of this popular book brings you up-to-date on new findings and information that has become available in the three years since the first edition was published.
The book explores:
- The functions, benefits, and risks of each essential vitamin and mineral
- The hottest supplements, including antioxidants, DHEA, and melatonin
- Drugs and foods that may block the body's absorption of important nutrients