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CDC Reports More Than Half of Americans Take Supplements

More Than Half of Americans Take Supplements — Do You?

I've never been a fan of supplements, even during my Flintstones vitamin days. Between having to remember to take them and the odd tastes of some of them (yes you, fish oil), I prefer to get my nutrients from the farmers market.

But according to a new report from the CDC, I'm in the minority. More than half of adults in the US take a supplement of some sort, including multivitamins (almost 40 percent of Americans take them), minerals, herbs, and other ways we try to get our recommended daily values outside of food.

I may not be a fan, but supplements do have their place. Doctors recommend anything from multivitamins for people on restricted diets to folic acid during pregnancy, and others, like vitamin D and calcium, have proven to be beneficial.

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nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 6 years
I have multi-ple health issues and though I eat very clean and healthy, I was still deficient in Vit D, b's, etc. I would much rather fork over cash for supplements than have to depend on meds in the future. Meds generally have some sort of nasty side-effect, my supplements dont. That combined with a healthy diet helps me feel good.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I take a sublingual vitamin B complex, Vitamin D and iron since I am anemic.
mandysneaks mandysneaks 6 years
I take a women's multivitamin and magnesium + calcium supplement everyday - when I remember anyway. I work out 5-6 days/week, so it's important to promote healthy muscles and bones. I also add flax seed to my morning smoothies for the Omega-3's.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
I have a gluten intolerance and don't get a lot of the nutrients I need from my daily diet because, though I would love to cook a nutritious meal at home every night, I just don't have the time. I take approximately 15 vitamin / mineral / herbal supplements a day. This is for a range of things from the mutli-vitamins, to protein supplements and digestive boosters. I have a morning regiment and a nighttime regiment. Honestly though, it's worth every penny. I haven't felt this good in my life.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
Yes - I take a general multivitamin, iron supplements and calcium/zinc/magnesium supplements. I've tried repeatedly to quit them all or some, because i really really eat healthy, but to no avail. Within a week my nails all peel and break off, i get cracks on the side of my mouth, i feel dizzy and irritable. Even though I have medical reasons for taking them, I'd rather just rely on my diet.
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I take a Vit D (was diagnosed with low levels), plus a Perfectil Plus. I'm not sure exactly what all is in it, but it's hair/skin supplement, plus additional omegas.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I take calcium/vitamin D, magnesium and a B complex supplement. I track my food and nutrients so I figured out where I needed help.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I take vitamin C, A, and flaxseed supplement everyday.
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