FUN FACT: The word “vitamin” is derived from the Latin “vita,” meaning life, and “anime,” because vitamins were originally thought to contain amino acids.
HEALTH CARE COST SAVINGS FACT: An estimated 8.2 million U.S. women over the age of 55 have developed osteoporosis. An average of 60,997 osteoporosis-attributed fracture events per year could be avoided by consumption of magnesium dietary supplements at the preventive intake level of 100 mg per day by this targeted population.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: Research shows that consumers who take dietary supplements also are more likely to engage in other healthy habits such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, visiting the doctor regularly, and getting enough sleep.
SCIENCE FACT: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics offered evidence that the consumption of ginger powder may have anti-inflammatory effects on those suffering from osteoarthritis.
REGULATORY FACT: Under new labeling regulations, the unit of measure for vitamins A, D, and E will change from International Units (IUs) to milligrams (mg) or micrograms (mcg) on product labels, making it easier for consumers to determine the amounts of these essential nutrients in their products.
HEALTHCARE COST SAVINGS FACT: Supplementing with psyllium fiber could generate an average annual savings on healthcare of $4.38 billion per year between 2013 and 2020 if all U.S. adults over the age of 55 diagnosed with coronary heart disease were to use preventive intake levels of this supplement.
REGULATORY FACT: Dietary supplement advertising is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC enforces laws that require all claims, whether in newspapers, magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards and buses, are truthful, not misleading, and backed by scientific evidence.
SCIENCE FACT: Resveratrol, a beneficial compound found in red wine and dietary supplements, has been shown to enhance cognition in post-menopausal women.