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Vitamin/mineral supplements: of questionable benefit for the general population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20416017     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the United States today, there is a multibillion dollar industry in dietary supplements with at least a third sold as vitamin/mineral pills and drinks. Though everyone requires small amounts of these essential micronutrients, and supplements are of benefit to some within the population, the considerable majority of people can fulfill their needs with the intake of healthy diets of mixed foods. In addition, the fortification of some processed foods adds extra amounts of several micronutrients, especially those for which there is deemed to be a need in special segments of our population. In spite of this safe and adequate level of intake, there are many who have been led to believe that the frequent ingestion of supplements will be helpful in their efforts to maintain optimal health, live longer, and even prevent or cure non-deficiency diseases. It is the intent of this article to unravel the causes and misconceptions behind this practice and to emphasize that most of the money spent on unnecessary supplementation could be better used for other purposes.
Donald B McCormick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition reviews     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1753-4887     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr. Rev.     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-26     Completed Date:  2010-07-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376405     Medline TA:  Nutr Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biochemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease / prevention & control
Dietary Supplements*
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Evidence-Based Medicine*
Minerals / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Nutrition Policy
Nutritional Requirements
Vitamins / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Minerals; 0/Vitamins

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