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According to the report “Smart Prevention-Healthcare Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements,” created by the economic firm Frost & Sullivan through a grant from the Council of Responsible Nutrition, billions could be saved on healthcare costs by taking specific dietary supplements. This would be due to the reduced numbers of hospitalizations and costly medical events associated with chronic disease.

For example, if men and women, 55 years and older, with elevated cholesterol levels took psyllium dietary fiber at preventive intake levels daily, the cost savings for coronary heart disease could be almost $2.5 billion a year. Similarly, if all women over 55 with osteoporosis took calcium and vitamin D at preventive intake levels daily, society could save $1.5 billion a year

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