“Dietary supplement regimens may reduce the direct and indirect medical costs associated with specific disease-associated medical conditions, but only $59 billion are currently being captured, potentially leaving $502 billion in additional savings that could be realized, says a new U.S. report.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com]
This new report examines the potential savings in U.S. healthcare costs associated with the use of micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, choline, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and B vitamins. The cost savings are estimated in the context of health problems including coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, age-related macular degeneration, cognitive decline, and irritable bowel syndrome.
The release of this report follows growing evidence in recent years that daily use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs. For example, a review published in 2010 found that ensuring people in Germany get adequate intakes of vitamin D could save that country around 37 billion euros a year. Similarly, in the United States, a report examining use of the basic supplement combinations calcium/vitamin D and lutein/zeaxanthin, as well as individual nutrients such as folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, found that savings of $24 billion in national healthcare costs could result over a period of 5 years.
To learn more about the potential savings in healthcare costs associated with the use of micronutrient supplements, see this article on our website.