NUTRITION FACT: The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans identify the under-consumed nutrients calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D as nutrients of public health concern because low intakes of these essential nutrients are associated with particular health concerns.
RESEARCH FACT: According to new research, supplementation with soy isoflavones, compounds found predominantly in legumes and beans, may improve cardiovascular disease risk markers in early menopausal women.
NUTRITION FACT: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that all women planning or capable of pregnancy take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: The 2017 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements reveals that 76 percent of Americans are taking dietary supplements, up from 64 percent in 2008.
RESEARCH FACT: A 2018 meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials concludes that zinc supplementation during infancy and early childhood may improve multiple measurements of growth among young children.
REGULATORY FACT: DSHEA provides FDA with the authority to remove dietary supplements from the market if they: 1) pose an “imminent hazard” to public health or safety which permits the immediate removal of a product or 2) present a “significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.” Fortunately, these authorities are rarely used.
CONSUMER SAFETY FACT: Designer anabolic steroids are not dietary supplements. Since 2010, FDA has issued more than 80 warning letters, consumer advisories, and product recalls for products it has found to illegally contain these illegal drugs.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: According to a recent survey, 80 percent of older U.S. adults aged 55+ use dietary supplements each year.