October 10, 2011 by staff
Dietary Supplements, Taking dietary supplements can cause potentially serious health problems, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Mineral intake may be too high for users of dietary supplements.
“People have to choose supplements to help meet but not exceed, the recommended daily intake levels,” said Regan Bailey, a nutrition researcher at the National Institute of Health, who led the study.
Bailey and her colleagues used surveys to examine dietary mineral intake among 8860 men and women who participated in a survey of major government health between 2003 and 2006.
The study found that men and women who reported using dietary supplements containing eight major minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, potassium and selenium – were much less likely to be receiving inadequate amounts of minerals food that they ate people who were not taking supplements.
The correlation was higher for women who are more likely than men to take supplements.
In addition, people who take dietary supplements are more likely to eat better and live healthier compared with those not taking supplements, said Bailey.
Calcium intake did not often recommended levels, even among users of supplements, researchers at the NIH said.
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