How To Choose And Use Supplements — And Why They’re Good For You

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Confused by nutritional supplements? Not for long.

Without a doubt, dietary supplements have widespread usage and appeal — to the tune of more than $25 billion in annual sales in the United States alone. Approximately 85 percent of Americans have used dietary supplements at one time or another, and more than six in 10 members of the population are regular users of supplements (using them on most days of the week). The numbers for supplement use are even higher for athletes.

Despite the large number of people currently buying and using dietary supplements, however, a huge gap often exists between the practice of supplementation and the knowledge behind those choices and usage patterns. For example, many consumers are not careful about recommended dosages for supplements — and the common assumption that “if a little is good, more is better” can pose serious health consequences.

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