71% of Americans take dietary supplements, but do we need to? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Human beings are notoriously hard to analyze. We vary by gender, race, genetics, cultural backgrounds and the physical environments in which we live, work and play.

So what should we eat, and avoid, for proper nutrition? Should we take vitamins and other dietary supplements — and if yes, what kinds?

Judging by statistics, Americans have already given their answers. About 71 percent of us take dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a trade association for the supplements industry.

Multivitamins are the most common form, with 75 percent of supplement users taking them. Vitamin D comes in second at 37 percent, followed closely by vitamin C at 34 percent and calcium at 29 percent.

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