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Table 1 Percent of survey respondents who agreed or disagreed with each of seven statements about the role of multivitamins and other dietary supplements in helping to improve dietary intake and health

From: Consumer attitudes about the role of multivitamins and other dietary supplements: report of a survey

Agree or strongly agree Statement Neither agree nor disagree Disagree or strongly disagree
88 % Calcium and D supplements can help support bone health when people do not consume recommended amounts of calcium and D from food sources* 11 % 2 %
87 % MVM can help people meet nutrient needs that can’t be met through food alone 11 % 2 %
82 % People considering taking a high dose, single nutrient supplement should talk with their physician 15 % 3 %
81 % MVM should be considered as just one part of a healthy diet 15 % 4 %
80 % MVM should not be used to replace healthful dietary and lifestyle habits 15 % 5 %
75 % MVM are not meant to cure diseases 19 % 6 %
67 % MVM are not medicine* 24 % 10 %
  1. *Responses to these two questions do not add to exactly 100 % because of rounding
  2. MVM multivitamin and mineral supplements