More often than not, nurses and doctors who take a vitamin or any other supplement recommend their patients take them too, according to a survey of 900 physicians and 277 nurses commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
The numbers bear this out: Seventy-two percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses who were surveyed used a supplement while 79 percent of doctors and 82 percent of nurses recommended them to their patients.
A multivitamin, with or without minerals, topped the list of dietary supplements used most often by both sets of health professionals, followed by vitamin C, vitamin B complex, vitamin D, vitamin E and calcium. Among the more popular supplements used by nurses and doctors: Green tea, fish oil, glucosamine and flax seed.
Why do nurses and doctors recommend supplements?
* Overall health and wellness
* Bone health
* Colds or the flu.
* Heart health
* Immune health
* Improved energy
Nutrition Journal July 1, 2009 Free Full Text PDF
Council For Responsible Nutrition July 14, 2009
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Reuters July 16, 2009