Tag: dietary supplements

Most Americans Believe Synthetic Supplements Should be Labeled

Trust Transparency Center released the results of a new survey finding that most Americans prefer natural dietary supplements over synthetic and think synthetic supplements should be labeled as such.

20% of Negative Body Image Sufferers Will Buy Supplements

Most Americans report feeling unhappy with how their body looks at times (79% vs. 21% never, I am always satisfied with how my body looks), with dissatisfaction most prevalent when looking in the mirror (37%), when at the beach in a bathing suit (32%), or when shopping for clothes (31%). However, one in five Americans would be willing to take performance-enhancing dietary supplements (21%, e.g., protein, creatine, vitamins and minerals, etc.) in order to attain their perfect/ideal body.

Although Use of Dietary Supplements is on the Rise, Some Ethnic Groups Have High Vitamin Deficiencies

While overall the U.S. population has good levels of vitamin A and folate in the body, some groups still need to increase their levels of vitamin D and iron, according to a new report from the CDC. "…higher deficiency rates in certain age and race/ethnic groups are a concern and need additional attention," according to Christine Pfeiffer, lead researcher in the Division of Laboratory Sciences in CDC's National Center for Environmental Health.

Use of Dietary Supplements on the Rise

The National Center for Health Statistics recently issued a report showing that use of dietary supplements has been on an upward trajectory over the past decade — only 40% of Americans took supplements in 1988, compared with 53% who took supplements in 2006. More than 150 million Americans take dietary supplements each year to improve their overall health, to fill in nutrient gaps and because their doctors recommend them. Multivitamins/multiminerals are the most commonly used dietary supplements, with approximately 40% of men and women reporting use during 2003–2006. Use of supplemental calcium increased from 28% during 1988–1994 to 61% during 2003–2006 among women aged 60 and over.

Most Nurse Practitioners Recommend Dietary Supplements to Patients

The vast majority of nurse practitioners are actively recommending dietary supplements to their patients, according to the CRN Foundation, an educational affiliate of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. According to a recent survey, 96% of nurse practitioners recommend dietary supplements to their patients, and their reasons are varied — most often for bone health (63% recommend for this reason), overall health and wellness (47%) and to fill nutrition gaps (44%). When asked who brings up the subject of supplements most often, 55% of nurse practitioners said they personally ask, with 28% crediting nurse practitioners and patients equally, and only 17% crediting solely the patient.