It appears to be the case that most Americans forgo multivitamin formulas yet take vitamin D and omega-3 supplements.
Most Americans ingest dietary supplements. Since the past 10 odd years, that figure has hardly budged. This is so despite the fact that science proves that most supplements have little to no effect on human physiology.
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The health benefits are few and far between. The study regarding this appeared in the October 11 issue of JAMA. Three years ago, Americans spent $34.9 billion on supplements. The market for supplements held more than 50,000 products of every hue and color.
More than half of all rational, mature, adult Americans took supplements in the last month. That was in the years from 2011-2012. The same trend was seen in the years from 1999-2000.
Thus the overall scenario is an entrenched and pervasive one. The two decades before this data set had seen double the usage of supplements. The research shows the fraudulence of many of these supplements.
From $250 million to $300 million have already been spent in gathering information regarding the health effects of these supplements. The constant failure to prove to have any salubrious benefits marks the ingestion of these supplements by Americans.
Partially, this rise in awareness may be responsible for the reason why Americans have turned away from some products and instead switched to others. Multivitamin complex consumption is down. That is for sure. It fell by 31% and 37%.
Since multivitamins don’t prevent chronic illnesses, taking them was a sheer waste of time. In some cases, taking them could actually increase the chances of death. Also vitamins E, C and selenium are being taken by fewer and fewer people. Skepticism regarding antioxidants is not anything new.
However, there has been an increase in the consumption of probiotics, lycopene, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Vitamin D may help in the healing of fractures.
Also it may offset any chances of contracting cancer or cardiovascular disease. Lycopene reduces the chances of prostate cancer. Men took it up to nine times as often as in erstwhile times.
Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids which are found in oily fish were also on the increase. The reason Americans do not take any other vitamins may be simply a case of habit.
Unlike drugs that require strict standards to be marketed, supplements have a greater leniency applied to their marketing. This may help explain why such a leeway exists regarding them in the pharmaceutical industry.