Researchers Suggest Supplement Sales Grow As Consumers Ignore Studies
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
US adults' use of vitamins and supplements remained at around 52% from 1999 through 2012, information that should point lawmakers to ensuring more information is made known to consumers about studies questioning the products’ benefit, researchers say a JAMA study and editorial.
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