Dietary advice doesn’t improve nutrition among elderly, supplements do

A 12-week experiment reveals dietary advice and education did not do as well as use of dietary supplementation in nourishing nursing home residents.

Here are the selected results of the study:

Start
of study
Regular diet Regular diet + supplements Dietary advice
Magnesium Mg/day 165.0 162.0 212.0 153.0
Iron mg/day 7.0 6.5 10.1 6.8
Zinc 6.3 5.6 9.1 5.4
Vitamin E mg/day 4.6 4.8 8.3 4.6
Niacin mg/day 12.2 11.7 17.4 12.6
Folate (B9) mcg/day 167.0 163.0 239.0 165.0
Vitamin C  mg/day 54.2 49.8 78.0 56.7

[Clinical Nutrition 2016; Ergo-Log]

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