It is amazing how many people share the same experience. When they try talking to their doctors about using vitamin and mineral supplements, they are met with condescension, laughter or belittlement.
These are the same doctors mind you, that when working with a woman who has just become pregnant, insist that they take a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement for the health of their baby.
Fortunately people are educating themselves on the value of a good quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement because they have access to the thousands of peer-reviewed studies published every year validating the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Despite the media frenzied attempt to discredit nutritional supplements, the latest government-sponsored survey, found that more than half of American adults take nutritional supplements and more than three-quarters of U.S. Physicians (79 percent) and nurses (82 percent) recommend dietary supplements to their patients, and a similar number – 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses – personally use dietary supplements regularly, occasionally or seasonally.
“The increase in supplement use may be due to increased awareness and education about dietary supplement use,” said lead report author Jaime Gahche, an associate service fellow in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey/Planning Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics.
An optimal daily intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients is so important to maintaining health and well-being that scientists at the Harvard Medical School have advised all adults to take a multivitamin supplement to help prevent deficiencies that may contribute to the onset of chronic diseases.
The lead researcher on one breakthrough study of multivitamins, Dr. J.M. Gaziano, MD made the vital importance of taking multivitamins crystal clear: “Multivitamins are the cheapest health insurance a person will ever buy. This study should finally answer all the doubters out there who still think multivitamin supplements have no value.”
The reason for the growing popularity of nutritional supplements is both simple and complex. The fast pace of our society makes it difficult to make the best nutritional choices in the foods we eat. As a result, nutritional deficiencies are prevalent in our world today.
Make sure to look for Part 2 of Why Supplement? coming next week!