supplements

Food

At the 2016 Mr. Olympia, Hints of Bro Food Science to Come

Ketogenic diet foods and revamped, gender-neutral packaging offer a taste of where the fitness nutrition industry is headed.
Oliver Lee Bateman
9.22.16
Drugs

I Drank 'Science-Based Functional Beverages' for a Week

Dietary supplement beverages continue to flood the market. Here’s what it’s like to drink “functional tonics” for a week.
Gabriela Barkho
5.16.16
All Fronts

I Tried to Trick My Brain into Lucid Dreaming With Some Pills I Bought Online

Dream Leaf claims to be “the world’s most advanced lucid dreaming supplement.”
Abigail Moss
1.19.16
Health

Still More Evidence That Antioxidant Supplements Actually Increase Cancer Risk

File under 'least surprising things.'
Michael Byrne
10.10.15
Drugs

There Is a Longevity Pill Backed by Five Nobel Prize Winners

A new pill marketed as a dietary supplement claims it can boost 'metabolic health.'
Gian Volpicelli
2.4.15
Health

The Supplement Industry Descends on Sickened Africa—Again

From drinking salt water to silver nanoparticles, it's fake medicine open season.
Michael Byrne
8.16.14
Motherboard Blog

Breast Cancer Drugs Are Hiding in Bodybuilding Supplements

Researchers found a medicine called tamoxifen in a dietary supplement.
Victoria Turk
2.14.14
Motherboard Blog

Huge Amounts of Herbal Supplements Are Actually Just Random Crap

One-third of the herbal supplements sold nationwide in the $5 billion industry are actually junk filler that may actually be harmful to some consumers.
Michael Byrne
11.4.13
Motherboard Blog

Please Understand That Vitamin Supplements Are Generally Not Good For Anything But Making Money

Here is a thing you might not have known: bombing your body with antioxidants is almost certainly not good. This is not the dominant narrative in the year 2012; "good source of antioxidants" is a food/nutrition industry mantra. Superfoods, innit. Free...
Michael Byrne
4.25.12