LATISM and Consumer Reports en Español Survey Finds that over half of Latinos do not discuss potential risks of combining supplements and medications.
New York – August 1st, 2013 – A new, nationwide consumer survey regarding the usage of vitamins and supplement among Latinos show that 66% take them at least once a week; 56% do not discuss potential contraindications for combining supplements with prescription medications, and 56% of parents give multivitamins to their children at least once a week.
Click HERE to view the full survey findings – Download and/or share the Latinos and Multivitamin Usage Infographic, presented by Consumer Reports en Español and LATISM.
The results of this survey, as well as recommendations from Doctor José Luis Mosquera, Health Expert at Consumer Reports were discussed at the twitter chat this week.
Dr. Doctor José Luis Mosquera has answers to those very important questions regarding vitamin usage.
How can you tell a vitamin is high quality?
Make sure it is USP certified – read label – make sure it does not have art ingredients, dye, gluten or sugar – preferable to buy capsules instead of tablets – make sure they do not have fillers or binders.
Are there any ingredients that are a warning sign that a vitamin is not safe?
Yes – on label if is says it has many fillers – synthetic rather than natural form vitamins – contains dye milk or milk byproducts, sugars art ingredients.
At what age should children start taking vitamins?
After they start chewing food prop – age 3 on but most doctors allow after age 2.
What’s the best way to get extra calcium for kids? Do supplements work?
Many kids don’t like dairy products or have allergies – other sources are good like orange juice, lentil, cold water fish like salmon sardines and soy milk –there is little scientific evidence they do work.
Do you have any tips for getting the most benefit from vitamins?
Take only if indicated otherwise in most cases you get most benefit by eating whole foods from a plant-based balance diet.
What kind of questions should one ask a doctor about vitamins?
Do I need them? – can I take them with meds or supplements? – how long do I need to take them? – are they best taken with or without food or at night?
Do vitamins prevent diseases?
Yes – but rarely– in developing countries vitamin B deficiency causes berry berry, eg lack of vitamin C causing scurvy.
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Disclosure: You were compensated for a LATISM campaign to support healthy living habits in the Latino community.