Study: Dietary Supplements Don’t Prevent Chronic Disease

Source: Medscape

As the US nutritional and dietary supplements market remains robust — an estimated $41.1 billion in sales in 2016 — the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is cautioning against the routine and indiscriminate use of these dietary add-ons, according to a Medscape report.

In an updated position paper, published online November 20 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the academy states that while single- and multiple-vitamin and mineral supplements may benefit the many Americans whose diets are lacking in micronutrients, there is no scientific evidence to warrant their regular use for preventing chronic disease in healthy individuals.

This conclusion is based on evidence reviews by a number of bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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