Supplement use among military members – podcast

A recent study evaluating supplement use among military personnel reports interesting and unexpected findings.

Rachel French

July 9, 2019

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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About the Author(s)

Rachel French

Rachel French joined Informa’s Health & Nutrition Network in 2013. Her career in the natural products industry started with a food and beverage focus before transitioning into her role as managing editor of Natural Products Insider, where she covered the dietary supplement industry. French left Informa Markets in 2019, but continues to freelance for both FBI and NPI.

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