SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATION 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.
REGULATORY FACT: Advertising claims for dietary supplements are required to be truthful, not misleading, substantiated by credible scientific evidence, and cannot state or imply that supplements treat, cure, mitigate, diagnose, or prevent disease.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENT FACT: FDA defines dietary supplements, in part, as a product taken by mouth that contains a “dietary ingredient” intended to supplement the diet. Bottom line: dietary supplements must be ingested. Transdermal products like creams, lotions, and patches do not qualify as dietary supplements.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: Data from the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey indicate that 75 percent Americans take dietary supplements, a 10 percent increase over the past decade.
SUPPLEMENT RESEARCH FACT: A new review published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concluded that thiamine (also known as vitamin B1) deficiency could have a role in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
MULTIVITAMIN FACT: The average price of a multivitamin ranges from $.03 to about a dime a day, making it an economical way to fill nutrient gaps people may be missing in their diets.
CONSUMER FACT: Recent survey data show that 79 percent of U.S. adult women and 73 percent of U.S. adult men take dietary supplements each year.
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.