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Micronutrient Deficiencies: The Socio-Economic Case For Supplementation In Mothers


An expert has spotlighted the significant socio-economic impact of the ever-increasing prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, whilst stressing the strong potential of multiple micronutrient supplements for mothers.
[Source: nutraingredients.com]


The evidence continues to grow that targeted use of supplements can decrease national healthcare costs. If properly implemented into public health policies, science-based supplementation programs have the potential to produce considerable savings for countries’ economies.

A study published in 2013 demonstrated that supplement use can cut the length of hospital stays, decrease costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions. Particularly impressively, the researchers found that supplement use reduced the average length of hospital stays by over 2 days and the average cost by more than $4,700. Moreover, the likelihood of patients being readmitted to hospital was cut by almost 7 percent.

At national levels, research shows that tens of billions could be saved even by something as simple as making sure a population gets adequate intakes of vitamin D. A review published in 2010 found that ensuring people in Germany get adequate intakes of vitamin D could save that country around €37 billion ($40.5 billion) a year in healthcare costs.

In the United States, a report examining use of the basic supplement combinations calcium/vitamin D and lutein/zeaxanthin, as well as the individual nutrients folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, found that even these could produce savings of $24 billion in national healthcare costs over a period of 5 years.

To learn more about the evidence that widespread use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs, see this article on our website.