Like many, I’m somebody who thinks that the stronger the impression information makes, the more people will retain. I think that’s probably the reason I was so enthralled with what was happening over at Information is Beautiful with their new interactive infographic. This new means of presenting data, well new to me, does so to get some hard facts across about supplements, their uses and whether or not they’ve ever been proven to do anything for a certain cause. The infographic brings it to the next level and all you have to do to learn about your favorite diet supplement is hover the mouse over it.

snake oil?

In this beautiful organization of supplements and how, or if, they work, the bubbles are organized as if it were a race to the top. According to Information is beautiful’s data, the bubbles at the top have the most evidence supporting the various claims made on their behalves. Similarly, the bigger the bubble is, the more commonly used it is in our society to treat these certain issues. There are also some rust colored balls that are supposed to be studies to watch as more and more information is being collected on the supplements and how to affect certain maladies.

I think I was most surprised by just how much evidence there was for Vitamin D’s effect in warding off cancer and keeping people in good general health. I guess every time I saw an article praising it and condemning the government for making it illegal, I just thought it was propaganda. I don’t know if it’s a good time to stop hitting the treadmill yet but it’s still very interesting stuff. I lost a good half hour to hovering my mouse over different balls and learning about supplements.