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The dietary supplement industry is big business in this country, bringing in over 30 billion dollars a year. More than half of American adults consume vitamins and mineral supplements, begging the question -- has it made us any healthier? On Health Link we examine American’s love affair with supplements, why we take them and what the latest research says about their effectiveness.

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Jeffrey M Brewer, PharmD 

Jeffrey Brewer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy. 

Marianne Romano, MPA, RD, CDN 
Marianne Romano is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) with the University of the State of New York. She is also a Certified Health Coach with an office located at Patroon Creek Blvd., Albany, NY. 

Ronald Stram, MD
Dr. Ronald Stram is the founder of The Stram Center in Delmar, NY. Dr. Stram is a Board Certified Medical Doctor and Integrative Medicine Doctor.

One quality check consumers can make, although it is not a perfect screening, is to see whether a product is certified by one of several nonprofit organizations that check supplements for purity and quality. The two most commonly used groups are the United States Pharmacopeia and NSF International., LLC ('CL') is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements

Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source



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