Scientists often cast doubts over the likelihood of people truly benefiting from using dietary supplements. However, evidence shows that many people in America are using these products all the same.
It is a fact that people do not always get all the nutrients they require from their diet. For example, while many people know that fruits and vegetables are highly helpful to health, they do not consume enough in most cases. Busy schedules don’t allow many individuals time to prepare healthful meals.
Dietary supplements are marketed to make up for insufficient nutrients from the diet. They also often provide a higher dose of useful compounds than is possible from a regular diet for specific purposes.
The supplement market is a multi-billion dollar industry. It offers a wide variety of products ranging from vitamins to weight loss and anti-aging supplements.
The U.S. is the most lucrative market for supplement makers. In 2018, the market value was put at roughly $35 billion, an increase on the previous year figure.
Earlier data in a report by McKinsey & Company put the value of the global market at $82 billion. America accounted for around 28 percent of that figure.
Researchers found in a study that almost 7 in 10 Americans have used dietary supplements.
While the consumption of these products continues to rise, scientists have cast doubt on their efficacy. They also say that the supplements could be harmful.