Dietary Supplements
Fact versus Fiction
by Myrna Chandler Goldstein and Mark A. Goldstein, MD
June 2020, 334pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6422-3
$107, £83, 94€, A147
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6423-0
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Americans spend more than $30 billion each year on dietary supplements, but do these products actually offer the health benefits they claim to provide?

This accessibly written book examines the most commonly taken dietary supplements, exploring what they are and what they're purported to do, and summarizing key research findings regarding their potential health benefits and risks.

Today, more than 50 percent of Americans take at least one type of dietary supplement regularly. But do these products actually work? How are they regulated? Are there any potential health risks?

Dietary Supplements: Fact versus Fiction examines the most commonly used non-nutrient supplements (those that are neither vitamins nor minerals and not essential for human health). Using a standardized structure, each entry discusses a particular supplement’s origins, purported benefits, potential risks, and common dosage. Summaries of key research studies are included to help readers make informed decisions about supplements’ usefulness.

Introductory materials give readers a foundational understanding of how supplements are regulated and labeled and offer practical information about how to read a Supplement Facts panel. For those interested in supplements for a particular health complaint (such as fatigue or pain), a topic finder has also been included.


  • Provides unbiased, evidence-based information to help readers make their own decisions about supplementation
  • Summarizes and contextualizes key research findings in easy-to-understand language
  • Uses a standardized structure and topic finder to make it easy for readers to find the exact information they’re looking for
  • Offers practical information on how to read and understand the Supplement Facts panel found on all dietary supplements
Myrna Chandler Goldstein, MA, has been a freelance writer and independent scholar for almost 30 years. With her husband, she has coauthored Greenwood's Vitamins and Minerals: Fact versus Fiction, The 50 Healthiest Habits and Lifestyle Changes, Healthy Oils: Fact versus Fiction, Healthy Foods: Fact versus Fiction, and Healthy Herbs: Fact versus Fiction.

Mark A. Goldstein, MD, is founding chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous professional and lay publications and editor in chief of Current Pediatrics Reports. His research interests include studying the effects of eating disorders and malnutrition on bone mineralization in adolescents and young adults.
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