More Americans Vitamins. Americans pop more pills every morning than any other country for vitamins, but do they work? There’s been a recent study done on whether it’s the best way to get nutrients.
The answer may depend on the kind of nutrient you need. Americans spend $27 billion a year on dietary supplements, often to make up for what they think they’re missing at meal time. The use of dietary supplements has increased in recent decades.
“We know that people do not get all of their nutrients from food alone, even people who try to eat right are still going to have nutrition gaps,” said Steve Mister, CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show more than half of U.S. adults now supplement their diets with vitamins.
While many doctors recommend a daily multivitamin to their patients, some dietitians say there’s not enough evidence they’ll do much good. It’s estimated that about half of us are deficient in Vitamin D.
It’s a nutrient that can be difficult to get enough of in food or through sunlight. According to new Vitamin D use is up among men and women, and 61 percent of women over age 60 take calcium supplements. Folic Acid has been proven to prevent birth defects, and doctors say all women of childbearing years should be taking it.
“They should be taking folic acid even before they get pregnant. It’s not enough to start taking it after you know you’re pregnant,” Mister advises.