What’s in Your Pillbox? Appropriate Supplements for Healthy Adults Across the Life Cycle

Lindsay B. Wilson, Robert Martindale

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Abstract

In the USA, marketing and sales of vitamin and mineral supplements are at an all-time high. It is estimated that approximately half of Americans use at least one supplement each day; often these are taken several times daily. Many suggest claims of chronic disease prevention without merit or scientific evidence. Wide availability and perceived safety of these agents have led to consumers regularly using these products without the supervision or knowledge of a physician. Certain supplements do have benefit when taken at appropriate doses and in the appropriate patient population at risk for development or progression of chronic disease. However, supporting evidence is lacking overall to provide strong recommendations for the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation in addition to a well-balanced diet in the healthy adult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Life Cycle Stages
chronic diseases
Vitamins
Minerals
vitamins
life cycle (organisms)
Chronic Disease
minerals
healthy diet
disease prevention
at-risk population
Marketing
physicians
sales
marketing
Physicians
Safety
dosage
Healthy Diet

Keywords

  • Antioxidant
  • Calcium
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Diet
  • Fish oil
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Mineral
  • Vitamin
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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What’s in Your Pillbox? Appropriate Supplements for Healthy Adults Across the Life Cycle. / Wilson, Lindsay B.; Martindale, Robert.

In: Current Nutrition Reports, Vol. 5, No. 3, 01.09.2016, p. 223-232.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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