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Have you ever wondered if the supplements you're taking actually do anything? Me too. New labels proposed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration may help separate the wheat from the chaff, with "complementary medicines" falling under tighter regulation. Here's what you need to know.

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You most certainly know someone taking fish oil pills - those fishy, translucent gold capsules - for their purported heart benefits. But evidence continues to mount that fish oil might be snake oil.

At the very least, it doesn't pack nearly the punch we once thought. Instead, it's probably just worth eating actual fish, which is loaded with plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals.

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According to the World Health Organisation, iron deficiency – a condition where your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron – is a global public health problem of “epidemic proportions”. This week Australian Prescriber published an update on the problem of iron deficiency in Australia.

Around 12-15% of women who are pregnant or of reproductive age and 8% of preschool children in Australia are estimated to have iron deficiency anaemia. Iron deficiency without clinical anaemia is even more widespread. Luckily, better dietary choices can be part of the solution. Here's what you need to know.

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Iron deficiency is the world's most common nutritional disorder. As many as two billion people have anaemia, mainly from not getting enough iron in their diet, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). So, other than eating more iron-rich foods, another good way to increase iron intake is to cook foods in a cast iron pan.

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Sellers of vitamin supplements are fond of saying that everybody is deficient in Vitamin D, and this means you. It seems like that would be an easy question to answer: just get a blood test and see whether your levels are low. Turns out it's not that simple.

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There's nothing quite like waking up after an incredibly lucid dream. Whether you were flying through the heavens, starring in your own action movie or making out with your secret crush, the lingering memory can put a spring in your step for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, most dreams are meandering, colourless and entirely forgettable — which is why you need these hallucinatory dream hacks.

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Dear Lifehacker, I want to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but does that actually include a multivitamin? If I eat well, shouldn't I get the nutrients I need by default? I assume a multivitamin won't hurt me, but I don't want to bother if it isn't necessary. So should I take a daily multivitamin or not? Thanks, Vexed By Vitamins

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Australia's complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) industry is worth about A$4 billion annually. Around two thirds of Australians use CAM — which includes therapies such as chiropractic and naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements, as well as homoeopathic and aromatherapy products — and there appears to be no sign of this declining. In many cases, the evidence for CAMs having significant beneficial effects is scant. And recent studies have even found that some supplements can be harmful.

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We've pointed out many times that the scientific evidence for the benefits of taking multivitamins is slim and that a healthy diet should get you the same benefits. That said, we were interested to note one recent study which does suggest that taking a daily multivitamin had a modest but measurable correlation with lower cancer rates.

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A recent New Zealand study suggests that supplementing intake of Vitamin D doesn't reduce your chances of catching a cold. Earlier studies have found a correlation between Vitamin D levels and catching a cold. The lesson? The research is interesting, but we can always use more of it.

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Visit any supermarket, chemist or health food store and you'll see a confusingly large range of multi-vitamin products. Resist being confused and resist being them altogether — research by CHOICE suggests that many Australians pointlessly purchase vitamins and don't understand the effects or dosage requirements of those they do take.