'Very profitable': Australia overdosing on dietary supplements

They're mostly taken by well-nourished people, research shows

The marketing power of the complementary medicines industry has been highlighted by figures showing that half of Australian women and a third of men are taking dietary supplements.

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Supplements are taken predominantly by well-nourished people and often in excess of recommended levels, a national study of almost 5000 people revealed.

Data from the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey showed that dietary supplements use was higher among older people and among more affluent and educated groups who were already meeting recommended nutritional

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