Confidence in Dietary Supplements Remains High
Dietary Supplements Survey
A new survey from the Council for Responsible Nutrition has just been posted that reveals two-thirds of US adults are taking dietary supplements. We felt this survey was important to share with our readers because it provides helpful information which can lead us all to make better healthcare decisions. Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications at CRN states “…We also need to find more ways to help consumers identify those companies that are in compliance with the myriad of regulations, versus those companies that give the industry a bad name.” On that note it would be good to share a 2013 ConsumerLab.com report on the Top Rated Vitamin Brands and Merchants.
Blatman also states ““Our data has shown enormous consistency for the past 14 years, and there is no question that the majority of American adults value dietary supplements for their health.” As always when making health decisions, including taking vitamins, be sure to consult with your doctor about what supplements you are already or you should be including in your diet. For example, omega 3’s and fish oil supplements may thin your blood, so if you’re taking a warfarin (coumadin) prescription you may increase your risk of bleeding.
It may be a good idea to organize your medications and supplements together in a Personal Health Record (PHR) like Microsoft Health Vault. From your online record you can easily print reports you can take to your doctor or schedule reminders in their app to notify your phone when you should be taking your prescriptions and supplements. You could organize the schedule at the next visit with your doctor and review it during each visit to monitor changes in your health. If you need help preparing for a visit with a doctor, call and schedule an appointment with one of our advocates.
Infographic from Council for Responsible Nutrition. See www.crnusa.org/consumersurvey for more.