Trade group says vitamin D research could confuse Americans


Natural Products Association believes new vitamin D research could confuse Americans, especially the elderly.

As top health researchers gathered for a two-day conference in Washington the first week of September to discuss the health effects of vitamin D, Natural Products Association officials warned against confusing millions of Americans who still don't get recommended vitamin D levels. "Vitamin D, especially when coupled with calcium, is a very good thing for the 25 million Americans suffering from or at risk of developing osteoporosis," said Daniel Fabricant, VP of scientific and regulatory affairs for the group. Fabricant also cited findings of a study released at the conference by researchers at the University of California that suggests vitamin D could help to prevent thousands of cases of breast and colon cancers. The Washington conference was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the American Society for Nutrition.

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