Are Supplements Good or Bad?

by Dana Demas

Many people wonder about how much to supplement their diets with vitamins and minerals. Recent studies are a mixed bag of results about the value of supplement-popping to prevent, or support health during, cancer.

A good example is folic acid. For women in their childbearing years, folic acid is especially important to help prevent birth defects. However, while it's been successful for that, a 2009 study found that folic acid may increase the risk of developing several types of cancer (in women and men).

One blogger is tracking a year without supplements, after a brush with cancer and gulping down a staggering 50,000 of them over the course of a decade.

What do you think? Are vitamin and mineral supplements a part of your healthy life? Or do you believe a healthy diet is the best approach?