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HHS HealthBeat (March 5, 2013)

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What You Need to Know

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Dietary supplements are used widely by U.S. adults, and for multiple reasons. Evidence has not proven their true effectiveness, but there are recommendations. For instance, women who might become pregnant should get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid per day.

Regan Bailey is at the Office of Dietary Supplements at National Institutes of Health.

“People over the age of 50 should obtain recommended intakes of vitamin B12, mainly from fortified foods and dietary supplements, because they may have difficulty digesting vitamin B12 from the diet.”

NIH offers the My Dietary Supplements mobile app that lets you record what supplements you take and gives you access to reliable information on dietary supplements.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: March 21, 2013