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Don’t waste time (or money) on dietary supplements
Americans spend billions per year on these products, even though most people don’t need them.
In 2022, Americans are projected to spend $35.6 billion on dietary supplements. That’s a lot of money for products that show little, if any, evidence of benefits.
"The thinking is that taking these pills can somehow improve your health or protect you from disease," says Dr. Pieter Cohen, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and general internist at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance. "While some people may need specific vitamins or supplements to help with deficiencies, for the average healthy person, following a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides all the essential vitamins and minerals."
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