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.
Economic Impact Fact: In the U.S., the dietary supplement industry generated over $5.75 billion in taxes each year—money that funds state and local highways, schools and other projects—and $9.2 billion in federal taxes.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: According to a recent survey of U.S. adults, 50 percent of female supplement users and 42 percent of male supplement users report overall health/wellness benefits as the top reason they take supplements.
SUPPLEMENT FACT: The Amount per Serving (APS) column, found along with the list of nutrients on the Supplement Facts label, provides consumers with the quantity present in each serving of the supplement.
SUPPLEMENT LABEL FACT: According to the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act, dietary supplement labels must bear a phone number or address through which consumers can report adverse events.
SUPPLEMENT FACT: Data show that women who get 400 mcg of supplemental folic acid per day for one to three months prior to conception and one to three months after conception can substantially lower the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida.
HEALTHCARE COST SAVINGS FACT: Between 2013 and 2020, a cumulative savings of $30.95 billion in healthcare costs could be realized if all U.S. adults aged 55+ diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration or cataracts were to supplement with lutein and zeaxanthin.
CONSUMER SURVEY FACT: Recent survey data show that 98 percent of supplement users take vitamins and minerals. 73 percent of supplement users take a multivitamin, making it the most popular supplement overall.
RESEARCH FACT: New research suggests supplementing with phlorotannin, a type of tannin found in brown algae such as kelps and rockweeds, may reduce wakefulness after sleep onset and help you get a better night’s sleep.