11 Facts You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements
While some studies have associated multivitamin use with minor health benefits, Joe Leech, R.D., founder of DietsvsDisease.org points to a 2013 review of more than 25 vitamin supplement trials conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which concluded that vitamin supplements had no notable effect on the reduction of cancer risk.
“When you consider that 80 percent of vitamin supplement users are taking them to optimize health and prevent disease, you realize what a big waste of money they are,” he said. “My take is that unless you are supplementing a deficiency or particular health condition—less than 1 in 5 of users—then multivitamins are useless.”
For the majority of Americans, dietary supplements probably aren’t offering all of the health benefits they think they’re getting. Yet, for some, supplementation may be necessary. If you currently use a supplement or are thinking about starting one, these important facts can help you determine whether or not it’s worth your while.