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Half of Americans take Dietary Supplements

Over half of US adults take Vitamins or other Food Supplements. Although the statistics seem unchanged for a decade, there are some issues that attract attention.

The report offered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared the results of two surveys, one from the years 1988-1994 and the other from 2003-2008. If the 1990 data showed that 42% of the adult population take vitamins, in 2003-2008 the situation has stabilized at 53%.

A major change is recorded in women with age above 60 who take calcium. Their numbers increased from 28% in 1990 to 66% in 2003-2006. Two explanations are offered by experts: increased number of female longevity and constant encouragement to use calcium to prevent osteoporosis.

Another interesting aspect is given by profile of people who take supplements, these are educated people with good incomes who already take their nutrients from the balanced diet they have. It’s like saying that people who take supplements are those who do not need them,” said Regan Bailey, an nutritionist epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health.

The most popular Dietary Supplements are multivitamins and multimineral products. Approximately 40% of respondents confirmed that they had appealed to them. Women take more vitamins, minerals and Nutritional Supplements than men, this is happening because doctors prescribe iron, calcium or folic acid for pregnant or elderly women.

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