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Quality Supplements Could Cut $100B in Health Care Costs

November 23, 2011

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Supplements save dollars and lives, but evidence is limited by amount of  data, support and incentive to do more analysis, according to Russell Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN, senior fellow,Health Studies Collegium, at the Natural Health Research Institute’s (NHRI) 6th Annual Scientific Symposium, on Oct. 28, 2011. However, he said available data suggests America could save lives and money by correcting nutritional deficiencies among its population.

He said available data suggests $135 billion annually could be saved while improving quality of life and health status for those who suffer from diabetes. Use of evidence-based supplements can also save an additional $50 billion to $100 billion by reducing risks and complications of other diseases.

Supplements could further their benefits if product manufacturers addressed limitations to the benefits from supplements, including undocumented quality procedures, the use of “borrowed science” where the ingredients look alike yet do not work alike and lack of research resources to further document potential benefits. Jaffe said full GMPs (good manufacturing practices) are necessary for every supplement, and he encouraged third-party post production analysis from a reference-quality lab, full-disclosure of ingredients on labels, use of evidence-based and quality ingredients, and participation in community-based randomized control trials or double blind placebo-controlled trial.

SEE FULL ARTICLE…..Quality Supplements Could Cut $100B in Health Care Costs.

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