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Food supplement use and related beliefs: survey of community college students

Food supplement use and related beliefs: survey of community college students

Journal of Nutrition Education 26(6): 259-265

ISSN/ISBN: 0022-3182

DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3182(12)80694-7

Food supplement use and related health beliefs were evaluated in 502 community college students from Arizona. Regular users (37%) were students who reported using supplements weekly or daily, while sporadic users (25%) reported taking supplements less than once per week; the remaining 38% were nonusers. The most popular supplements were vitamin C, multiple vitamins, multivitamins plus minerals, calcium, and vitamin E. Amino acids, garlic, aloe vera, yeast, and fish oil were the most popular unconventional supplements reported. Significantly more users than nonusers believed that food supplements increased pep and energy, reduced stress, were necessary to ensure proper nutrition, were needed if people felt tired and run down, and that vitamin C could prevent colds. The findings revealed that supplement use was prevalent among young adults and that supplement users perceived more health benefits of food supplements than nonusers.

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