Snake Oil? Visualization of Science vs Health Supplements

26 02 2010

Once again InformationIsBeautiful hits one out of the park.
Today’s fun is an interactive page ranking the scientific evidence proving a certain health supplement is effective vs it’s popularity.
Some surprises: Fish oil, folic acid, St Johns Wort, and green tea are well established with proveable scientific evidence to their benefits.
At the other end of the spectrum, Green tea, anti-oxidants, vitamin A and vitamin E have very little evidence as to their effectiveness.

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2 responses

26 02 2010
barbara

Slight clarification: green tea has very little evidence as to its effectiveness with regards to cancers and weight loss, but has good effectiveness wrt cholesterol. (Almost) nothing can be good at -everything.- šŸ™‚

26 02 2010
shevett

@barbara – Yes, it’s interesting that green tea is on both sides of the equation.

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