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February 2002 Issue

Doubt Dubious Descriptors on Supplements

Q. Are chelated, natural, timed- release and other special forms of supplements worth the extra cost? A. With a few exceptions, no. Companies that tout special formulations are trying to claim an edge on absorption, with what is, at best, small differences that arenít worth any extra cost, says Mark Meskin, Ph.D., R.D., associate professor of food and nutrition at California State Polytechnic University. Most regular vitamin and mineral supplements are adequately absorbed by the body. Hereís a rundown of what special

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