Americans are said to have the most expensive urine in the world. Why? Because we spend billions of dollars taking dietary supplements that we pee out rather than retain for optimal health. Most health experts agree that the best way to get the nutrients our bodies need is to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, some grains, and fish or meat (if that fits with your eating plan). There are a few popular supplement trends that we're definitely wasting our money on—and, in some cases, putting our health at risk by taking them.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that antioxidant supplements, such as beta carotene, vitamin E and large doses of vitamin A, may do more harm than good.