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Some Interesting Facts on Supplement Use

Some Interesting Facts on Supplement UseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Data shows that three-quarters of American adults regularly take dietary supplements as part of their health and wellness regimen, largely due to a shift toward a more personalized and holistic approach to health maintenance. The majority of supplement users report overall confidence in the safety, efficacy and quality of their supplements, as well as a high degree of trust in the supplement industry. As the industry continues to grow and innovate, Professional Supplement Center strives to provide the highest quality supplement brands that support healthier living.

While a healthy diet is of the utmost concern, a recent annual survey of 200 U.S. based registered dietitian nutritionists (RNDs) found that sixty-six percent of participants recommended both diet and supplements for optimal nutrition. Seventy percent also stated they themselves take supplements four or more times per week. Personally used supplements included multivitamins, minerals, vitamins C, D3, B12 and B-complex, fish oil, calcium, magnesium, biotin, zinc, pre and probiotics, glutathione, colloidal silver, elderberry and protein powders.

More than twenty five percent of the surveyed RNDs recommended supplementing the diet for reasons that included inadequate nutrition, caloric needs, wound care, gastrointestinal or renal problems, healthy aging and overall positive impact on health. The supplements most often recommended were multivitamins, vitamin D3, calcium, probiotics, fiber and protein powders. Increasingly, dietitians are also recommending more specialized supplements like prebiotics, CoQ10, turmeric and collagen.

Per a 2018 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, the top reasons for supplement use among those surveyed included:

  • Improve or maintain overall health and wellness
  • Support energy production
  • Meet individual nutritional requirements
  • Support immune, bone, heart, joint, eye and gastrointestinal health and function
  • Avoid cancer and age-related chronic disease
  • Maintain physical and mental health
  • Promote healthy aging
  • Benefit hair, skin and nails

Some interesting facts about supplement users:

  • 78% of those taking supplements are aged 55 and older, 77% are 35-54 years old and 69% are in the 18-34 age group
  • Supplement users are more likely to report very good or excellent health
  • Supplement use is viewed as a very favorable health and lifestyle choice
  • 75% exercise regularly
  • 87% try to eat a balanced diet
  • 74% prioritize sleep
  • 69% maintain a healthy weight
  • 80% visit their doctor for health checkups
  • 75% avoid tobacco products

Some practical advice for supplement use:

Dosing: Similar to medications, consumers should follow healthcare practitioner advice or adhere to the dosage recommendations listed on the label. Supplements address deficiencies or provide nutrients in addition to those supplied in the daily diet. Fat soluble vitamins including A, D and E, are stored in the liver and adipose tissue and should not be taken in excess. Iron is an essential mineral necessary for oxygen transport, as well as brain, immune and muscle function. Unless found to be iron deficient, adult men and menopausal women do not normally need to supplement with additional iron.

Take as directed: Unless otherwise advised by a healthcare practitioner supplements should be taken according to label directions. Directions are intended to provide information, such as when a supplement should be taken for best absorption. For instance, some supplements should be taken with food, others on an empty stomach. To aid absorption, fat soluble vitamins should be taken with food that contains dietary fat.

Follow a healthy diet. There are meal replacement and protein powders meant to enhance dietary intake. Many supplements are not intended to substitute for food but are meant to provide essential nutrients and fill in nutritional gaps, as well as address deficiencies, dietary restrictions or specific health concerns.

Proper storage: The FDA does not require that supplements have expiration dates listed on packaging. Manufacturers opt to include expiration dates to ensure maximum potency and verify that efficacy is maintained through the expiration date when correctly stored. Some supplements do require refrigeration. All shelf stable vitamins should be stored in a cool dark cabinet, away from heat and high humidity.

Read labels: Active ingredients are the substances that produce intended effects. Herbal products contain plant compounds. Nutritional supplements contain vitamins, minerals or essential nutrients. Supplements containing whole plant ingredients are often standardized to contain specific amounts of active compounds in each serving.

Quality manufacturers avoid products that may cause allergic reactions or that some people may want to avoid in their diet. These could include soy, gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, nuts, shellfish, hydrogenated oils, animal products, GMO’s and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of overall health and wellness:

Pro Multi Daily...Pro Multi Daily without Copper & Iron by Professional Supplement Center®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides activated vitamins and chelated minerals in support of optimal utilization, foundational wellness and phase I detoxification. Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, GMO’s and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives.

Vitamin D ComplexVitamin D Complex by Designs for Health®: Each serving of this balanced complex provides 2,000 IU of bioavailable vitamin D3, along with efficacious amounts of synergistic fat soluble vitamins A, E, K1 and K2 in support of overall healthy function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

MinProMinPro by Professional Supplement Center®: This balanced multi-mineral supplement provides highly absorbable, fully reacted Albion® patented mineral amino acid chelates, malates and mineral complexes in support of mineral repletion, sports nutrition and daily mineral intake.  Free of wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, GMO’s and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics®: This active B complex provides a full complement of bioavailable B vitamins necessary for multiple biochemical processes and vital bodily functions. Free of sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, animal products and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Vegetarian formulation.

Prebiotic Superfoods...Prebiotic Superfoods Drink Mix Green Apple by Enzymedica®: This prebiotic supplement provides 50 blended fruit, vegetable and botanical powders to nourish and support the growth  and health of beneficial microflora in the gastrointestinal system. Organic fermented barley grass aids digestion, while acacia gum fiber supports optimal elimination. Free of gluten, dairy, casein, soy, eggs and artificial colors and flavors. Non-GMO formulation.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medications or have a health condition, always check in with your doctor before taking supplements. Some supplements can interact with prescription medications, raising or lowering their intended effects.

2nd Annual Survey of Registered Dietitian Reveals Two-thirds of Dietitians Recommend Food and Supplements to their Clients and the Majority Take Supplements Daily.  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2nd-annual-survey-of-registered-dietitian-reveals-two-thirds-of-dietitians-recommend-food-and-supplements-to-their-clients-and-the-majority-take-supplements-daily-300945310.html
Tips for Taking Dietary Supplements. https://www.knowyourotcs.org/tips-for-taking-dietary-supplements/
New Data Reaffirm Trust and Confidence in Industry, Reveal Modern Trends and Habits of American Consumers. https://www.crnusa.org/CRNConsumerSurvey
Is It Safe to Take Expired Vitamins? https://www.verywellfit.com/is-it-safe-to-take-expired-vitamins-4165676


Pancreatic Enzyme Insufficiency

PancreaticInsufficiencyJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The pancreas is a relatively small abdominal organ that plays major roles in both digestion and blood sugar regulation. It has two primary functions—to make and release a host of enzymes critical to proper digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and to produce insulin and glucagon, hormones important to blood sugar balance. Pancreatic enzymes reduce digestible macronutrients into absorbable forms needed for bodily function and cellular energy. Proper nutrient absorption is critical to good overall health and quality of life. When the pancreas fails to produce or deliver the enzymes responsible for nutrient breakdown, the body is hindered from converting dietary nutrients into usable forms, often resulting in weight loss, chronic digestive issues and symptoms associated with malnutrition.

Low pancreatic enzyme production is frequently caused by pancreatic inflammation or pancreatitis. Heavy ongoing alcohol use, smoking and high fat diets are common causes of chronic pancreatitis. Untreated acute pancreatitis can become chronic over time, increasing the chances of developing insufficiency. Enzyme deficiency can also be a result of diabetes or gastric surgery, as well as genetic and inflammatory conditions such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis and cystic fibrosis. Most symptoms of pancreatic enzyme shortage overlap with digestive complaints such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and intestinal upset.

Significant nutritional problems are tied to fat and protein malabsorption. Malnourishment can lead to symptoms like muscle weakness and low body weight. Deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K are common, and may result in vision problems, muscle spasms and osteoporosis. In addition to enzyme supplementation, treatment often requires a combination of a balanced low-fiber, healthy fat diet to encourage healthy digestion, and avoidance of smoking and heavy alcohol consumption to lessen the chances of developing chronic pancreatitis.

Nutritional supplements are often recommended to address deficiencies and prevent serious complications arising from malnutrition. Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, found naturally in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and butter, is a calorie-rich type of fat that bypasses usual fat absorption pathways to be rapidly absorbed by the body. Supplementing with MCT oil and vitamins may help control weight loss, increase strength, support physical activity and improve quality of life in those with deficiencies. Supplementing with pancreatic digestive enzymes can help improve digestive function and aid absorption of much needed nutrients. Supplementation of pancreatic enzymes should be undertaken with the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.

  • Lipase works with bile from the liver to break down fat molecules, so they can be absorbed and utilized by the body. A shortage of this enzyme can result in a lack of necessary fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Protease breaks down proteins and helps keep the intestines free of harmful substances. Incomplete digestion of proteins can lead to allergies, increased risk of intestinal infections and the formation of toxic substances.
  • Amylase breaks down carbohydrates into sugars that are easily absorbed by the body. Undigested starches in the colon often result in uncomfortable intestinal issues.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products for overall health and wellness support:

Pancreatin 8X PlusPancreatin 8X Plus by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: This specialty nutritional aid supplies high potency pancreatic enzymes in support of optimal digestive function and overall wellness. pH sensitive encapsulated formula for enhanced assimilation and rapid metabolism.

Super Pancreatic...Super Pancreatic Enzymes by Verified Quality: This physician formulated product supplies highly concentrated pancreatic enzymes in support of healthy digestion and optimal absorption of nutrients. Free of gluten, soy, lactose, sugar, binders, coatings and fillers.


Pancreatic...Pancreatic VegEnzymes by Pure Encapsulations®: This formulation provides a broad acting plant-sourced enzyme blend designed to enhance the breakdown of foods and nutrients and promote complete digestion. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

M.C.T. LiquidM.C.T. Liquid by Douglas Laboratories®: This product supplies 100% structured lipids in the form of medium chain triglycerides. MCT’s are absorbed intact and are quickly delivered to the liver where they are used directly for energy production. MCT oil may be a useful aid for individuals  with fat-malabsorption and enzymatic insufficiency issues. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredients. Vegan formulation.

Vitamin D ComplexVitamin D Complex by Designs for Health®: Each serving of this professional formula provides 2,000 IUs of bioavailable vitamin D, as well as effective amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, K1 and K2 in support of vitamin sufficiency and optimal bodily function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


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