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Dietary Supplements

Fish oil and pregnancy

Fish oil and pregnancy

An estimated 5 per cent of babies born in Hong Kong are underweight, according to Health Department statistics from 2011, and thus face a greater risk of disease, significant disabilities or even death.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 10:45am

What's best in the long run

After trying a range of sports nutrition products, here are my favourites:

Gel: Gu Roctane Gel in Blueberry Pomegranate, HK$20, Escapade Sports (

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Complaints soar at shoddy sales tactics

Complaints against unscrupulous sales tactics by shops selling expensive ginseng and dried seafood have soared despite a law against unclear pricing and quantity labels, the Consumer Council said yesterday.

The council received 305 complaints against the shops last year, a rise of 34 per cent from 2010. Almost all of the complaints were filed by tourists.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When it comes to vitamin pills, some people just don't know when to pop

Peek into Amanda Ho's medicine cabinet and you'll notice countless bottles of vitamin and mineral supplements. The 33-year-old special education teacher pops several of these pills a day, claiming that they do everything from prevent colds to improve her eyesight and give her more energy.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Formulas going west get lost in translation

In 1999, Airborne, a herbal supplement company started by a teacher in the US, began marketing a cold remedy, claiming its proprietary formula - said to include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) ingredients - had immune-boosting qualities. Oprah Winfrey became a huge fan, touting the product's preventive magic on her television show in 2004. By 2007, Airborne was worth US$300 million.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dose of fact

An occasional flutter on Mark Six and, if in Macau, a single HK$100 note in a slot machine: that's the extent of my gambling. But it seems I have been taking a punt for years with the vitamin pills I have been popping with my breakfast juice every day.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Patients make poor choices on treatment

Six out of 10 chronic patients who take health supplements regularly do not consult doctors and roughly a third say they rely on treatment recommendations from relatives or friends, according to a new survey.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK families use too many vitamins, experts say

The use of vitamins in Hong Kong may not have reached the alarming levels described in an American health study - which says they are increasing the risk of death in elderly women - but their use is still excessive, especially as the pills are of little real value, local health experts say.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am