This Article is About
health
calcium supplements
vitamins and minerals
fruits and vegetables
food and drug administration
age category
daily basis
bone loss
Supplement In The US Is Up, So How Is Our Health Rankings?
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

According to a recently released study by the Centers for Disease Control, the use of supplements, including vitamins, herbs, minerals and combinations is up substantially with over half of the adults in the United States taking at least one such supplement on a daily basis. The supplement industry as a whole has now grown to an over $27 billion grossing mega-industry according to Consumer Reports, leading many to believe that Americans should be at their peak health standings. But, as the CDC points out, there are many ways that supplements of any kind fall flat and may even backfire by making existing conditions worse or by creating new ones.

The Food and Drug administration works to keep foods and drugs safe for the consumers that use them, however, the rules that are used to govern supplements are far different and there are no universal standards for each of these products. Also, because they are not sold by prescription or because they are considered herbal medications, many people do not tell their doctors that they are taking them which can have serious risks, especially if the doctor is prescribing a medication for a specific condition.

Over sixty percent of women age 60 or older take calcium supplements while just under 60% of women in the same age category also take a Vitamin D supplement. Both calcium and Vitamin D are used to protect menopausal women from bone loss caused by osteoporosis, however, new studies are showing that these very supplements, particularly calcium is being linked to increased heart disease, including heart attack in women in that age group.

While the experts all agree that most vitamins and minerals are best attained from a healthy, varied diet, particularly one that is high in fruits and vegetables, there are some nutrients that are just difficult to get at the right levels purely from food. One example is folic acid which is necessary to prevent birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant mothers. Most doctors suggest that young women of child bearing age, particularly those who are already pregnant or trying to become pregnant take a folic acid supplement to ensure that they are at the optimal level.

Another supplement that has become very popular in recent years is fish oil. Fish oil supplement capsule sales skyrocketed after news of tainted fish became common knowledge. For many who just cannot take the taste of fish as well as those who are medically restricted from eating it, the supplement is the key to getting the benefits without also having to deal with the associated risks.

But, both the CDC and the FDA warn that not all supplements are what they claim to be so it is up to the consumer to beware. Know what you are taking and what ingredients are used before taking any supplement and always tell your doctor everything that you are taking on a regular basis, including all herbal preparations of any form.


Street Talk

AC 11 is going to become the supplement of the future. It is all about DNA repair.

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
Nature Friendly Living – Green Health
Well being of our planet and our human wellness are closely related. In order for us to achieve and maintain green health, we must first think about the welfare of the environment in which we live and we must start to create nature friendly living habits. Today, not only environmentalists…
By: funny Industry in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Feb 29, 2012  
2
  Likes: 3

Food And Health
What is healthy if you talk about food? This question goes a lot deeper than one would suspect on first sight. Let's break it down in a logical way. Why do we need food in the first place? We need to nourish our bodies to sustain basic functioning of all…
By: remy van hek in  Food and Drink   Aug 26, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Does Low Carb Improve Your Health
There is a question some have on their mind and this question is... does a low carb diet improve your health? Consequently, when it comes to a low carb diet it would be good to know if this type of diet is good for your health. The same as when…
By: Stephanie R. Coleman in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 26, 2012  
2
  Likes: 2

What's Health for You?
Health for most people means the state of no illness or injury. Health means a person's physical or mental condition. For the health conscious 21st Century person health means much more. For example when I asked my friends these came up: No illness, no sickness Healthy, capable body Good energy…
By: Piroska Varga in  Health and Fitness  >  Alternative   Aug 16, 2013  
4
  Likes: 8

Change Your Health In 2012: Part Two
Here’s part two of ways to change your health in 2012. Yesterday I was talking about some lifestyle changes you can make that are easy to do, and over time will affect your overall health in a positive way. Today let’s continue with a few more suggestions that will have…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Dec 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

The Capture Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev And the Nation’s Health
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the last of the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers was captured around 9pm last night allowing Boston and indeed the entire United States of America to breathe a collective sigh of relief. People throughout Boston and in particular Watertown gathered in the streets and celebrated with laughter,…
By: Des Forbes in  Health and Fitness  >  Hypertension   Apr 20, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

10 Ways to Improve Your Health
Life should be simple! Why do we over-complicate everything? Exercise, eat right and sleep! They are the major components to radiant health, don't you think? Approaching our health the holistic way, we might find that there are many more components that we need to get right or at least balance…
By: Piroska Varga in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Aug 19, 2013  
4
  Likes: 11

Health As Nature Means It!
Recently I have been quite a bit into nutrition, much more than before in my life. Maybe because my wife is in this program where they are developing a new workout machine and she goes under intense exercises and DIET. I also watched a few movies on health and foods,…
By: Zoltan A. Smith in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Dec 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Benefits Of Walking - How to Improve Your Overall Health
The other day I was talking with a friend about how we go through periods in life where there is just way too much going on. For me, my energy is the first thing to go. Then usually follows the anxiety and sleepless nights. Then my brilliant friend went on…
By: Ally D in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Jan 23, 2012  
5
  Likes: 7

Change Your Health In 2012
It’s that time of year: another year passes and a new one is upon us. As we look back at both it’s successes, and perhaps failures, what happened? They can range from the personal, the financial, the physical, to anything in between. Perhaps you made a goal in 2011 to…
By: Franz Williams in  Health and Fitness   Dec 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Texas Ranked 44th In Children’s Health And Well Being
The latest health care reports do not look good for Texas, and continues a trend that has gone on for over a decade. Texas has the highest number of uninsured, provides the worst health care, and now – performs poorly in children’s health. In the annual Kids Count evaluation report,…
By: eTXHealthInsurance in  Insurance  >  Health   Sep 06, 2012  
1
  Likes: 0

What Does Your Urine Say About Your Health?
Questions and answers about common urinary concerns and points of out of danger signs. Is it abnormal to wake up at night to pass urine? Yes, this is abnormal. From the age of about three years, most people can sleep up to eight hours without going to the toilet. But…
By: Geoffrey Moni in  Health and Fitness  >  Diseases   Oct 06, 2012  
5
  Likes: 7

Exercise The Way To Your Health
Perhaps some of you exercise regularly. If so, that's great: Keep it up!. When people find that once they started to attend an exercise program or go to the gym they see results and stick with it . .on these, bear with me while convince others who don't exercise, or…
By: Divine Victory in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Mar 29, 2014  
6
  Likes: 6

Health Over Heels!
Are sky high heels a must have for your summer wardrobe? There are a dizzying array of styles and colors that are sure to be on your must-have list. In dressing your feet make certain to remember that your shoes are covering acutely extraordinary, complex mechanisms. Each foot has 26…
  Likes: 2

Better YOR Health, Better YOR Future
In today's economy everybody, and I mean everybody is looking for different ways to be able to support their families or just make a living. It is also in days of hardships that you do recognize and count every posible option available. Looking for solutions to this problem, I came…
By: Juan3 in  Home Based Business  >  Network Marketing   Sep 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2095    Report this Article