There was a lot of good news in October! NutraIngredients-USA looks back at an important month for the dietary supplements industry, which included the proposed acquisition of Schiff by Bayer, another attempt by Sen Durbin to stop energy drinks, and that multivitamin study.
There was a lot of good news in October. One of the most significant was the release of a study in JAMA that found that daily multivitamins may reduce the risk of cancer by a modest 8% .
Prof Balz Frei from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University said that an 8% drop in overall cancer rates is not small.
“Quite simply, at around a penny a day a multivitamin is the cheapest health insurance a person will ever buy,” he said. “Of course it’s just a supplement, and it’s not a substitute for a good diet and healthy lifestyle. But this study should finally answer all the doubters out there who still think multivitamin supplements have no value. And it further confirms they are completely safe to take.”
Despite the good news, there have been some people in the dietary supplement industry who seem intent on sabotaging the study importance.
We published a special guest article by Steve Mister , President & CEO for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), calling on the industry to use the results constructively.
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