I never realized the how many ‘nutritionists’ surrounded me until I was diagnosed with IBS. Then the advice came pouring in.
I wanted to go the natural route, and everyone had the perfect solution for me. Foolish and desperate as I was, I listened to everyone’s ideas. Most of the remedies were plain disgusting. I drank brewed ginger until my mouth burned. I boiled parsnips with their roots and drank the broth. (I had to pick out the parsnips out of my soups for years until I forgot how bad that root concoction tasted.) I took probiotics for months. I tried several diets, eliminating foods, adding foods, all cooked, all raw, until my head spun.
I was confused and novice to the world of alternative health. I was trying so many different things; I couldn’t even tell what was working and what wasn’t. Sometimes I felt like I was doing so much and nothing at all was helping.
I wish I knew then what I know now.
I wish I had this diagram.
The Chart that Deciphers the Proven Cures from the Myths
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David McCandless from Information is Beautiful, accomplished what we have all been waiting for our whole lives. He created a graph that ranks hundreds of health supplements based off of their scientific research. Some products have jumbo health claims, but little definite evidence to back them up. This chart only included data from human studies that used a random placebo-control method.
The Diagram’s System
On the graph, supplements with the strongest backing are placed at the top. The next area is dedicated to those with adequate scientific research and then comes ‘promising’ which displays what has a very good chance of helping. After that is ‘inconclusive’ where there is no firm proof of its claim, followed by ‘slight,’ ‘none’, and even ‘harmful.’ As shocking as it seems, some supplements we are gulping down may increase the risk of death!
The larger the circle is, the more often it is searched on Google, indicating the big buzz about this health supplement.
The circles colored orange show the products that do not have much research but are full of potential. Keep an eye out for those!
What Else It Can Do
If you are not on any supplements but are considering to begin taking one, this chart can push you off in the right direction.
Check off if you have any of any of these concerns and the graph with pinpoint the best options for you.
- General health
- Mental health
This diagram even considers what type of supplement you prefer. You can filter your options with the following choices:
Access Your True Health
This knowledge is a breath of fresh air for those who experienced similar disorientation as me. This is the way to put these supplements in perspective once and for all.
Click here for the chart. It’s one easy solution to make up for years of agitation.
Prepare to be astounded.
*This chart is not meant to replace your health-care practitioner. Refer to your doctor before switching or trying supplements.
Tom Hale. See Which Health Supplements Aren’t Backed By Science. ://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/see-which-health-supplements-arent-backed-by-science/. June 28, 2016. Accessed: Sept 12, 2016.
Information is Beautiful http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/snake-oil-supplements/ (Sep 11, 2015)
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