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The Gut and Food Supplements

Monday, 11 February 2013 by
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The following commentary is extracted and modified from:

Regulation of Gastrointestinal Mucosal Growth.
Rao JN, Wang JY.
San Rafael (CA): Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences; 2010.
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Michael Ash BSc DO ND Dip ION reviews the use of magnesium stearate in food supplements and discusses the science and chemistry in terms of alleged risk and its benefits.

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There remains intransigence, a stubborn denial despite the wealth of evidence to the contrary that people are capable of consuming all that they need in terms of micro nutrients from the ‘balanced diet’. So determined are the nutritional ‘flat earthers’ that this tenet should be enshrined in stone, they have ensured that any claim that this is not true may not be permitted in web sites or informational sites, that may in turn recommend food supplementation. This arbitray use of advertising practices, -The UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (the CAP Code) and ASA adjudication. The relevant code is:

Marketers must not state or imply that a balanced or varied diet cannot provide appropriate quantities of nutrients in general. Individuals should not be encouraged to swap a healthy diet for supplementation, and without well-established proof, no marketing communication may suggest that a widespread vitamin or mineral deficiency exists.

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A recent paper entitled ‘use of dietary supplements by (USA based) cardiologists, dermatologists and orthopaedists’: produced a report of a survey that found that 57% of cardiologists said they use dietary supplements at least occasionally, as did 75% of dermatologists and 73% of orthopaedists.[1]

Regular dietary supplement use was reported by 37% of cardiologists, 59% of dermatologists, and 50% of orthopaedists. In addition, 72% of cardiologists, 66% of dermatologists, and 91% of orthopaedists reported recommending dietary supplements to their patients. Should we be surprised, and is it the same in the UK and Europe?

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