HealthWatch: Vitamins & Herbal Supplements

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — If you take a vitamin or herbal supplement, you’re definitely not alone. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control said more than half of all Americans are taking supplements, Dr. Max Gomez reports.

Ann Lemon, 59, makes staying healthy a top priority so she takes dietary supplements every day.

“I take D, calcium, Vitamin C and B12,” she said.

A new government report finds more than half of all U.S. adults are now taking supplements.

“Many of us are simply not getting enough nutrients from the food that we’re eating,” said Dr. Michael Aziz, author of the “Perfect 10 Diet.”

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 40 percent of Americans are taking the most common supplements, multivitamins and minerals. More than 60 percent of women over 60 are now taking calcium to keep their bones strong. Men and women are taking Vitamin D supplements, which helps the body absorb calcium and also protects against high blood pressure and cancer.

The supplement market is huge, with everything from fish oil to flaxseed, but experts warn that too much of a good thing can be bad: talk to your doctor before taking them.

“Many dietary supplements can interact with each other, they can interact with prescription medicines,” said Vicki Burt of the NCHS.

Lemon said she feels better since she started taking supplements.

“I don’t take them by the handful. I just take the amount I’m supposed to,” she explained.

The report also shows that more women use supplements than men.

Do you take supplements? Are you concerned about their safety? Leave a comment below…

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  • Dietary Supplements

    Such a great info about health supplements.

  • Barbara

    I take Women’s Multi-Vitamins, Fish Oil and Calcium with Vitamin D from They’re smaller and easier to take than the vitamins I used to get at the supermarket.

  • Carol

    I take Centrum Silver and Nature Made Calcium 600 with Vitamin D. I won’t take too much because it can be harmful. I’m very happy with what I take.

  • Grenada Doris

    I’ve been taking various supplements for 30 years under the care of a kinesiologist. They have helped me immensely. I try to buy quality products at discount websites. Periodic blood tests help me to adjust dosages as I age.
    I also buy organic produce, but recognize that it’s not picked from the farm that day. So nutrients are lost before it gets to the store and to me. (Of course I exercise too).

  • Mark

    The proof is in the pudding and there wouldn’t be millions of people taking supplements if it was all snake oil. I’ve changed my entire body and life through healthy living and correct supplementation and it’s no joke. I can completely feel and see a difference when I stop taking them, and yes I do keep a healthy diet.. but diet alone cannot give you the complete levels and compounds that you can supplement yourself with.

    • Y

      Mark, while I generally agree with your comment….millions of people drink soda and eat fast foods that are slowly killing them. Your “proof is the pudding” argument is a poor one.

  • Myrna Dap

    Supplements are really good for health.I’ve tried them and it’s worth.

  • Nelson

    I take between 6 to 10 grams a day of vitamin c which is what recommends for a healthy person. I am 70, blood pressure is 126/66 the last time I took it. The only side effect is a good one, feel good, sleep well, blood tests are OK. You can also see for info on treatment for any ailment you may have.

  • Shawn R. Sargent

    Natural and Organic Supplements are the best for Vibrant health.
    Contact the FDA and Demand that they support the better vitamins for your health.

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