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Dietary Supplements Keep You from Falling Short in Nutrients—Health Care Practitioners and Patients Should Open a Dialogue about Supplements during National Nutrition Month


Washington, D.C., March 6, 2015Recent research demonstrating there are nutrient shortfalls within the U.S. adult population is a clear sign that for many Americans adequate nutrition requires options alongside admonitions to just eat healthy foodsand dietary supplements are a safe and affordable option. A recent study found nearly half of U.S. adults are not getting enough vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesiumand that the nutrient inadequacy was worse in those with a higher body mass index. Additionally, the recent 2015 scientific report issued by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee identified 10 “shortfall” nutrients; that is, nutrients that are under-consumed. During National Nutrition Month (March) consumers should start seeking the counsel of their health care practitioners to assess their diets and consider the best foods and dietary supplements to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need to live a healthy life.

“Let’s make March the start of a healthy dialogue. Maintaining proper nutrition is not easy to navigate regardless of the vast amount of information online, mobile apps and trackers that help consumers take health into their own hands,” said Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition. “Doctors, naturopaths, nurse practitioners and registered dietitiansthese are all partners in good health who understand how nutrition needs vary depending on a person’s age, gender, and many other factors.”

Dr. MacKay recommends keeping a food diary and bringing it with you to your health care practitioner appointments. Also, if you have food allergies or diet preferences, discuss where you may have shortfalls due to the foods you avoid eating. “Dietary supplements have a practical place in the realm of nutrition, and we encourage people to consider them as part of a healthy lifestyle so as to avoid the repercussions from a lifetime of nutrient insufficiencies.”

A healthy diet is just one of the many components to a healthy lifestyleand dietary supplements are supplements to, not substitutes for, that healthy diet. It can be helpful for people to think of good health as incorporating three pillars: healthy diet, dietary supplements and exercise, along with getting enough sleep and regular visits to the doctor.

About CRN: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 150+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplementsand @wannabewell and on Facebook.

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