|(ARA) Millions of Americans use supplements to enhance their health every day, studies show. But did you know that some supplements those that contain artificial coloring, chemicals, sweeteners and other additives may actually be detrimental to your health? |
A growing body of evidence suggests that many of the additives found in our food and some health supplements may cause adverse reactions in some people. In fact, one study by researchers at North Shore Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York, found a link between certain foods and additives like artificial coloring and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
"Many of the so-called vitamins and supplements marketed as improving health are actually filled with potentially harmful artificial ingredients," says Nancy Leavitt, president and founder of Dr. Organics, a company that specializes in organic and all-natural health supplements. "That's one reason why more and more people are turning to organic products for greater health benefits. One recent study by Datamonitor indicates that by 2009, Americans will spend $20 billion annually on natural and organic products."
If you are currently taking a dietary supplement, or considering adding one to your health regimen, consider these facts:
Up to 70 percent of solid vitamins or supplements are simply excreted from the body, according to numerous studies.
Liquid supplements offer much higher absorption rates up to 90 percent depending on the supplement.
The increase in the number of Americans with food allergies can be directly linked to the pervasive use of and consumption of artificial ingredients, many health experts agree.
In 2007, nearly 70 percent of Americans took dietary supplements, according to a survey commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
Many supplement users take handfuls of multiple products to achieve different health benefits, from cardiovascular to bone and joint support and to fulfill daily vitamin requirements.
"Clearly, demand is growing for a dietary supplement that is organic in nature, provides complete health benefits and offers optimum absorption and efficacy," Leavitt said.
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