A major study into the economics of adults in the United States has shown that taking nutritional supplements may shave a combined $5.6 billion off health care costs over the next five years, and help people live a life of better quality.

A report commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA), studied the scientific evidence on the ability of a number of nutrients to reduce the risk of disease. This information was also converted into dollars and cents by providing a Congressional Budget Office-type estimate of potential health care savings.

This study found that a daily intake of 1800mg of omega-3 could result in conservative savings of around $3.1 billion in five years. These savings will be in the form of physician’s fees and approximately 385,303 fewer hospitalizations. According to the American Heart Association, 13 million Americans (6.9% of the population) suffer from coronary heart disease, with men experiencing their first heart attack at the average age of 65 years and women at 70 years.

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The DSEA confirms that the results of this recent investigation only reinforce the efficacy and health benefits of nutritional supplement use. Healthcare costs for US citizens 65 and older is expected to reach $16 trillion by the year 2030. The need for innovative and preventative healthcare solutions is clearer than ever. Due to the substantial cost benefits to the healthcare system, the U.S government is waking up to the benefits of supplementation.

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Supplements reduce health care costs

by Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS. time to read: 1 min