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HHS HealthBeat (March 11, 2013)

Why the supplement?


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Why the supplement?

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

We take dietary supplements, in the form of pills, gummies, and more, primarily on the belief they will improve our overall health. That’s what data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows, examining who uses supplements and why. But do they really improve our overall health? They may, in addition to other healthy habits, but more scientific evidence is needed to fully support that.

The facts is, half of U.S. adults reporting using them, as well as a third of U.S. children.  Regan Bailey is at the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.

“There’s a disconnect between what people believe these products do, and the available scientific data that we have.”

Bailey suggests talking to your physician about the supplements you use.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: April 1, 2013