According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements, Americans have been taking vitamin and mineral supplements since the early 1940’s. In 2014 the sales of dietary supplements in the United States totaled $36.7 billion, which included $14.3 billion for vitamin and mineral supplements.
More than half of the United States population is taking supplements, and this figure is expected to rise.
Most Americans, consuming the Standard American Diet (SAD) do not get enough nutrients from the food that they eat. The lack of proper nutrients in the diet can lead to dysfunction in the body. For example, vitamin deficiency anemia, or the lack of healthy red blood cells in the body, can occur when the diet does not contain enough vitamin C, vitamin B12, and folate (B9).
With so many people turning to supplements to correct nutrient deficiencies today, let’s take a look at whether there is a difference between getting our nutrients naturally or artificially.