“Americans have turned to dietary supplements in record numbers over the past two years, with the numbers of users hitting new highs, according to a new consumer survey.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com]
Across the world, there is a growing understanding that nutritional and Cellular Medicine approaches are effective and safe in preventing chronic diseases. As a result, over 54 percent of elderly women and almost 34 percent of elderly men in Germany now use supplements. They are also taken by more than 71 percent of pregnant women in Saudi Arabia, and 43 percent of young people in Malaysia. Similar usage patterns can be found in many other countries.
One inevitable result of this development is that an increasing number of manufacturers and suppliers want a share of this sales ‘boom’ and are offering multivitamin products and other dietary supplements in all shapes, colors, and sizes. In general, however, all of these products have one thing in common: they were not scientifically tested for their effectiveness and, instead, are advertised using health claims taken from random publications by third parties.
What’s more, due to growing competitive pressure in the supplements market, manufacturers increasingly feel obliged to reduce the costs of their ingredients. However, this is only possible if synthetic – i.e., artificially created – substances are used instead of micronutrients from natural sources. While human body cells are able to identify and utilize vitamins of natural origin, their interaction with synthetic substances is largely unclear. As a result, millions of users across the world are currently taking supplements that have a doubtful or even harmful effect.
To learn how quality and research matter enormously when choosing dietary supplements, and why it is vital to only use micronutrient combinations that have been developed and tested on the basis of proper scientific research, see the special ‘Vitamins: Harm or Benefit?’ feature on our website.
To see Dr. Rath’s scientific recommendations for daily micronutrient intake, check out the ‘Cellular Health’ feature on our website.