Navigation Links
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 relying on a supplement alone for good health. The data indicate that, in fact, dietary supplement users make better food choices in addition to taking supplements. A report on the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) calculated nutrient intakes of dietary supplement users as compared to non-users and found that people who used dietary supplements had somewhat higher intakes of most nutrients from food alone (not counting the nutrients in dietary supplements) than people who were not supplement users.

On the flip side, contrary to assertions that supplement users are eating better already and therefore don't need the supplements they take, the NHANES data shows many Americans failed to consume the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) for many nutrients when only naturally-occurring nutrients in foods were considered. Enrichment and fortification of foods decreased the prevalence of intakes below the EAR, and the use of dietary supplements further decreased shortfalls. For example, for vitamin A and calcium, more than half of NHANES respondents fell short. Food fortification lowered the prevalence of shortfalls to 50 percent for these nutrients. Supplementation drove the prevalence of shortfalls down even further, but 33 percent of the respondents still fell short.

"It's important to give dietary supplement users credit for their efforts to improve their overall wellness profile with thoughtful choices," said Dr. MacKay, "The scientific evidence indicates that they tend to incorporate these products into their lifestyles as part of a broader focus on healthy living, with supplement use just one of a constellation of smart, healthy habits."


'/>"/>

Contact: Nancy Stewart
nstewart@crnusa.org
202-204-7684
Council for Responsible Nutrition
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. APS issues new policy requiring identification of sex or gender in reporting scientific research
2. Strong scientific evidence that eating berries benefits the brain
3. Flavor and the new Nordic cuisine: BioMed Centrals new scientific journal Flavor is launched
4. 3-D RNA modeling opens scientific doors
5. UC Riverside plant cell biologist receives top scientific honor
6. Womens scientific achievements often overlooked and undervalued
7. FirstMark Welcomes Renowned Cardiologist and Researcher Dr. Prediman K. Shah to Scientific Advisor Board
8. FirstMark Welcomes Renowned Cardiologist and Researcher Dr. Prediman K. Shah to Scientific Advisory Board
9. NTU researchers study little mighty creature for scientific breakthrough
10. Scientific meeting at Virginia Tech will make more than $2 million economic impact
11. CRN assesses current state of scientific research for nutritional supplements
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)...  Singulex, Inc., the leader in Next Generation Immunodiagnostics ... license and supply agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the ... access to Thermo Scientific BRAHMS PCT (Procalcitonin), a biomarker ... to diagnose systemic bacterial infection and sepsis and in ... in assessing the risk of critically ill patients for ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016   Veridium ... announced the appointment of new CEO James ... executive with decades of experience, has served in ... Cisco, where he specialized in expanding a pipeline ... technology portfolios. He most recently served as managing ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... WASHINGTON , Dec. 5, 2016  The ... (NIJ), today published "Can CT Scans Enhance or ... examines the potential of supporting or replacing forensic ... a CT scan. In response to ... NIJ is exploring using CT scans as a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016   Biocept, Inc . (NASDAQ: ... of clinically actionable liquid biopsy tests to improve ... data featuring its Target Selector™ Circulating Tumor Cell ... the detection of actionable biomarkers in patients with ... by Sara Cannon Research Institute (SCRI), the research ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... concluded that “in the setting of previously treated, advanced pancreatic cancer, liquid biopsies ... the optimal patient population and timing of blood sampling may improve the value ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG ) ... as its chief science officer — a new ... at Neogen effective Jan. 1. Kephart has ... unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific, as well as animal ... extensive industry experience also includes the management of a ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Zenith Capital Corp. ("Zenith" or the ... be presented at the Company,s Annual and Special Meeting. ... will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at ... (Room EC1040), 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, ... notice of meeting and management information circular, containing the matters ...
Breaking Biology Technology: