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Americans Take Fewer Multivitamins But More Vitamin D and Omega-3s

The study appears in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Americans spent about $34.9 billion on supplements in 2013 alone, according to National Institutes of Health research. There were an estimated 50,000 supplement products to choose from in the 2012 market.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The two supplements that have increased in the past decades (fish oil and Vitamin D) are not classic vitamins.  Fish oil contains EPA and DHA that are precursors to hormones such as resolvins and Vitamin D is itself a hormone.  Hormones are hundreds times more powerful than drugs.  However, you have to take a therapeutic dose of either to have any benefits.  The recent studies of high-dose EPA and DHA in heart disease, depression, and auto-immune diseases have given robust results.  High-dose Vitamin D appears to improve gut health.  So it appears that Americans are beginning to make better choices in supplement usage.

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