Do Vitamins and Supplements Really Make You Healthier?
The vitamin, mineral, and supplement industry is booming. Over the last decade, global sales have nearly doubled from $57.2-billion dollars in 2007 to 106.2-billion dollars in 2017. Does the industry’s rapid growth point to real improvements in the health and wellness of supplement users?
The latest annual survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) sheds light on why people take supplements, how they feel about them, and which products are best sellers.
The 2016 survey showed that 71 percent of Americans regularly take dietary supplements. An overwhelming 85 percent of all Americans have confidence in the safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements. Among supplement users, overall confidence rose to 96 percent.
Critics claim that supplements are a scam and a waste of money. They say you can get all the good nutrition you need from the foods you eat.
With such a high level of consumer confidence, the survey suggests that supplement users are indeed feeling better and becoming healthier by regularly taking supplements.
Top 3 Reasons People Take Supplements
- Overall health and wellness benefits (42%)
- Energy (30%)
- Fill nutrient gaps in their diet (28%)
Top 10 Dietary Supplements
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B/B Complex
- Omega-6 Fatty Acids
- Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin
Critics of Dietary Supplements
Critics claim that supplements are a scam and a waste of money. They say you can get all the good nutrition you need from the foods you eat, but that’s not true anymore, and it’s been that way for decades. That’s why 28% of supplement users are proactively filling the nutrient gaps in their diets with vitamins, minerals, protein powders, probiotics, and specialty supplements like omega-3 fatty acids.
An overwhelming 85% of all Americans have confidence in the safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements.
We Don’t Eat Our Veggies
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in late 2017 that only 12% of Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables. The minimum daily recommendations are 1-1/2 to 2 cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. A nutritionally poor diet is linked to major diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. What Is the Paleo Diet and How Will It Help Me Lose Weight and Get Healthier
Big Business & Bad Food
Food production in America is a huge business built on the efficiencies of scale, not on a mission to produce quality food. As a result, our food supply lacks vital nutrients due to the “Big Ag” practices of:
- planting crops repeatedly in “dead” soil containing minimal nutrients
- spraying with dangerous pesticides like glyphosate
- producing GMO crops from genetically modified seeds that are linked to major health issues in animals and people
- raising animals in inhumane factory farms and feeding them GMO feed, toxins, pesticides, and antibiotics
Today’s apple might look like an apple from the good old days, but inside, it can be a nutritional wasteland. A ribeye from a factory farm might taste delicious, but it has a fraction of the nutritional power of an organic grass-fed steak. Can Eating GMO Foods Make You Sick
One way to accomplish good health through healthy foods with optimal nutrition is to choose Non-GMO Verified foods or USDA Certified Organic foods.
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