Long term dietary supplement use may lower your risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The  landmark dietary supplement study was conducted by the University of Berkeley, and  involved 1,056 participants across three sample groups – long term non-dietary supplement users, single supplement users and multiple supplement users. The study was designed to observe dietary supplement usage patterns, health and nutritional status among dietary supplement users, with 50% of the multiple supplement users on average consuming supplements such as multivitamin, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium with Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, glucosamine, probiotic supplement (for women) and soy protein supplement (for men) for over 20 years.

From the study, it was discovered that multiple dietary supplement users had:

  • 11% lower cholesterol ratios and 33% lower levels triglycerides (associated with heart diseases)

  • 36% lower levels of homocysteine (associated with heart and brain related disease)

 

  • 59% lower levels of C-reactive protein (associated with cancer and diabetes)

At the “Reality Check: Do Supplements Work?” expert roundtable session, Dr Bruce Daggy, Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Science Officer of Shaklee

Corporation said, “It is important to know the efficacy of the dietary supplements we take, to ensure that we are absorbing the fullest of the focused nutrients.”

He added that the dietary study gives us a clear snapshot of how dietary supplements plays an equally important role in providing quality nutrients together with a balanced diet.

“The key take-away is that we should always supplement wisely.”

Also present at the expert roundtable discussion, Dato’ Dr Rajbans Singh, President of the Malaysian Wellness Society and Celeste Lau Wai Hong, Dietetics Manager of Sunway Medical Centre.