Updated September 2015 with a revitalising boost of fresh data.

New entries include melatonin, proving travellers were right about its effect on sleep; and good evidence for Vitamin D for flu, bones and long life.

Evidence for valerian as a cure for anxiety has dropped, as has any likelihood that cranberry juice has impact on urinary infections. Thanks to visitor suggestions we’ve added entries for supplements that may in some cases be harmful, including Vitamin A, which has been linked to birth defects.

Note: You might see multiple bubbles for certain supplements. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition. For example, there’s strong evidence that garlic can lower blood pressure. But studies on whether it can prevent colds have produced inconclusive results. In these cases, we give a supp another bubble.

This visualisation generates itself from this Google Doc. So when new research comes out, we can quickly update the data and regenerate the image. (How cool is that??)

As ever, we welcome your thoughts, crits, comments, corrections, compliments, tweaks, new evidence, missing supps, and general feedback. Thank you!

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Credits

CONCEPT & DESIGN: DAVID MCCANDLESS
RESEARCH: MIRIAM QUICK, KESTA DESMOND
VIZ SOFTWARE: VIZSWEET
CODE: TOM EVANS, DAVID MCCANDLESS
SOURCES: COCHRANE.ORG, PUBMED, EXAMINE.COM
DATA: BIT.LY/SNAKEOILSUPERFOODS

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