According to a recent study, military personnel report higher use of supplements compared to the general U.S. population. Rachel Adams, managing editor, and Bernadette Marriott, Ph.D., professor emeritus, department of medicine and psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, discuss findings of the recent study, which evaluated supplement use among military members. Marriott presented at United Natural Products Alliance’s (UNPA) annual retreat in May in Charleston. Key points of the discussion include:
- Military members are not included in the nationwide, ongoing health study known as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES);
- Supplement use is higher among military personnel compared to the general U.S. population, with high use of multivitamins and multimineral supplements, bodybuilding supplements and antioxidants; and
- Female military personnel more often reported using dietary supplements compared to men.
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