Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, trade associations discuss importance of supplements

WASHINGTON The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association, held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the important role of dietary supplements in the ongoing wellness and prevention conversation.

The briefing included discussion of how supplements fit into the shifting of a system based on diagnosis and treatment to one of prevention and wellness. With the passage of healthcare reform, the wellness and prevention paradigm is gaining added attention as Americans look for ways to stay healthy longer — and dietary supplements are one of the tools consumers should consider.

“Supplements used properly help prevent disease and promote good health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle,” commented Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. “Scientific evidence strongly suggests that the use of daily dietary supplements would be an effective way to address nutritional gaps” in deficient populations, he added.

The luncheon briefing featured speaker David Grotto, a registered dietician and president of Nutrition Housecall, who discussed the important role of dietary supplements as part of a well-rounded nutrition program, particularly for those who don’t get all their nutrients from food alone. “We know that a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with appropriate dietary supplements, can really make a difference in helping to mitigate” health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, Grotto said.

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