By Jorge Rubal, CEO & Medical Director, Laguna Beach Community Clinic
With the pandemic upon us, how to best safeguard our health is on everyone’s mind. Should I be taking supplements is a question I hear more frequently from my patients. And, it’s not just my patients, when you’re a physician, your friends, family, and neighbors often seek your advice. I’m grateful for the opportunity to respond to their concerns, especially when it comes to helping folks make informed decisions about their health during the pandemic. Laguna Beach is a community with a very health-oriented lifestyle, so I’m not surprised to hear an increased interest in adding supplements to one’s daily routine.
Half of all American adults, including 70 percent of those aged 65 and older, regularly take supplements. Supplements are a booming industry, taking in $12 billion per year. I suspect that number is on the rise in 2020 due to concerns over building a stronger immune system to ward off COVID-19. I’m sure you’ve seen all the ads on social media for products claiming to boost your immune system.