About 38% of American adults 18 years and over and about 12% of U.S. children 17 years and under use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey.
The results of the 2008 “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study show that orthopedic specialists, cardiologists and dermatologists both consume and give dietary supplements to their patients for nuanced diseases as well as overall wellness.
One survey, an online sample taken last September of 694 adults who had eaten at least one type of bar within the past 30 days, found that compared with the general population, bar consumers tend to be better educated, younger, and female. Just under three-fourths of the sample ate a snack bar within the past 30 days. The consumers ate the snack bars primarily to curb hunger between meals.
|Supplement manufacturers should enter their products into credible trials to support their claims of efficacy and safety.|
The economic and regulatory environments are changing at drastic rates. It's difficult to remain on top of all the new trends, laws, and standards of an industry that balances the traditional and the state-of-the-art.
Today's consumer is exposed to the term "antioxidants" now more than ever, as the mainstream media has stressed the importance of incorporating antioxidants into the diet.
Nordic Naturals (Watsonville, CA) defended its cod liver oil products as posing no threat to consumers, the company said on December 1, in light of a report suggesting cod liver oil may be detrimental to humans due to its high vitamin A content.
Probar's Superfood Slam is a whole-food bar made with raw, organic, and vegan ingredients.
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The American Academy of Dermatology (Schaumburg, IL) issued a statement on December 4 advising the public to obtain vitamin D from their diet and dietary supplements, rather than exposing themselves to UV radiation from the sun.
|YouBars.com is one of several Web sites that offers custom-made nutrition bars.|
|Critics have found methodological flaws with many recent studies involving antioxidants.|
Dietary supplements are legal, safe, legitimate products.
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Whey protein makes a nutritious addition to smoothies and other beverages.
Silliker, Inc. (Homewood, IL) has received a grant to study the allicin bioavailability of garlic products, the company announced on November 24.