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Scientific review points to supplement users engaging in a pattern of healthy habits
Date:2/6/2014

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2014Dietary supplement users take these products as just one component of a larger effort to develop a healthier lifestyle, according to a newly published review in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed scientific publication. The review, "Health Habits and Other Characteristics of Supplement Users" (Nutrition Journal.2014, 13:14), co-authored by Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) consultant Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., and CRN's senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Duffy MacKay, N.D., examined data from 20 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and found that, "overall, the evidence suggests that users of dietary supplements are seeking wellness and are consciously adopting a variety of lifestyle habits that they consider to contribute to healthy living."

"Compiling the available data on the health habits of dietary supplement users, we gained a sharper insight into the positive lifestyle choices of this large segmentone half to two-thirdsof the American population that takes supplements," Dr. Dickinson said. "Evidence from numerous surveys shows that dietary supplement users are more likely than non-users to adopt a number of positive health-related habits such as consuming healthier diets, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding tobacco products."

The review indicated that Americans who take dietary supplements are focused on wellness for the long term. Dr. MacKay observed, "Dietary supplement users typically make healthful habits part of each day, and many stick with their supplement regimen for years. Their supplement use doesn't appear to be something trendy, but more of a planned strategy they maintain for the long haul."

The results of this review counter concerns that dietary supplement users are operating under a "halo effect" or are somehow short-changing themselves, eating poorly, using the remote control for exercise, and r
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Contact: Nancy Stewart
nstewart@crnusa.org
202-204-7684
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Source:Eurekalert

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