Dietitians Agree: Supplements Can Fill Health Gaps

Registered Dietitians are nutrition and food experts by training and profession, and they are in overwhelming agreement with an important topic from this Dr. Cherry's April 15 radio program.

In his April 15 KCEO radio program ( Listen Here), Dr. Cherry talks about the many reasons for and benefits of a daily supplementation program. He also cites statements from traditional medical organizations such as the American Medical Association and the FDA that support supplementation. You can also add Registered Dietitians to that group.

 Registered dietitians (RDs) might just be the group who is most knowledgeable about nutrition, considering they are required to have bachelor degrees with coursework in food and nutrition sciences, biochemistry, physiology and microbiology; complete an accredited program; pass national exams; and fulfill continuing educational criteria.

According to a Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, more than 80 percent of registered dietitians consider most Americans have gaps in their diets that can be filled with vitamins and other dietary supplements. In fact, 87 percent of RDs recommend supplements to their clients.

Leslie Bonci, director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said: "Registered dietitians know people's eating habits, and we know that people don't always eat correctly. A healthy diet works in concert with exercise and responsible use of supplements for a wellness lifestyle. We're seeing RDs (registered dieticians) champion these three components to overall wellness."

The researchers said that the study highlights the need for education about supplementation. Less than one-quarter of dietitians considered their clients to have a good understanding of the recommended daily intake of dietary supplements.

Almost all (96%) of the RDs who responded to the survey confirmed that they take supplements themselves. So what do they take, and why?
• 84% take multivitamins
• 64% take a specialty supplement such as omega-3 fish oils
• 46% take herbal or botanical supplements
• 22% take a fiber supplement
• 60% take supplements for improved bone health
• 58% take supplements for overall health and wellness.

This survey did not specify whether the supplements were taken separately or as part of an integrated program. As Dr. Cherry explained in his program, taking individual vitamins or minerals in isolation is not the most beneficial approach, and can possibly lead to imbalances. Instead, a complete supplement program (such as Basic Nutrient Support) that maintains the balance of the numerous nutrients as they are found in God's kingdom would provide the optimal benefits.