You Should Know

May 2017 Issue

In Search of the Best Dietary Supplements

A lot of Americans use dietary supplements, with estimates among adults ranging from 52 percent (per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012) to 71 percent (according to a Council for Responsible Nutrition 2016 survey). Common reasons people reach for supplements are to improve or maintain health, enhance energy, and fill nutrition gaps in the diet. Users have a high level of confidence in supplementís effectiveness, quality and safety. Unfortunately, supplement makers arenít required to demonstrate safety, ingredient purity or efficacy before selling products. As a result, adulterated, mislabeled and harmful supplements can make their way onto the market.

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