I know it’s something a lot of my patients ask me, and if you want the short answer, it is yes! Dietary supplements, if regularly taken, do indeed improve your health over time. You don’t have to take my word for it. According to a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, there is a cost benefit of taking dietary supplements for the nation as whole and individuals. They looked specifically at omega-3 fatty acid or B vitamin dietary supplements. In their study, they used high-risk adults as subjects for this study. They studied adults over the age of 55 with CHD and looked at how taking these supplements might reduce the odds of these at risk individuals of having a significant medical event. The study revealed that using supplements would save over 3 billion dollars a year.
The cost of hospitalizing and treating people with CHD is in the billions of dollars. The amount is spent on treatment rather than prevention. One of the most cost effective ways to bring these costs down is provided preventive measures that are not difficult to start implementing right now. One of those measures is using dietary supplements that have been proven to have positive effects on heart health in clinical studies.
Now please do not interpret this as me saying that you can take a few supplements and forget about everything else. I believe in treating the body with every tool available. I consider the use of supplements part of a program that would help someone overcome their particular heart issues and not just the solution. I strongly urge anyone interested in taking supplements for heart issues or any other issues to consult a healthcare professional. You can also call my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD