Remember when you were younger and your parents constantly reminded you to take your vitamins? According to a consumer survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), more people have heeded that advice into adulthood. According to their data, about 68% of American adults take nutritional supplements, with 76% of those people reporting that they take supplements such as multivitamins or fish oil regularly.
Supplement Use on the Rise
Between 2009 and 2011, supplement use has gradually increased an average of 2.5% as more American adults have become aware that they can support good health. Multivitamins are still the most popular, followed by omega-3 fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin C, and calcium.
According to the CRN, the increasing trend in supplement use also indicates greater consumer confidence in the products that they’re taking. Approximately 85% of American adults stated that they were confident in the “safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”
Benefits of Daily Supplementation
As the survey shows, nutritional supplements aren’t just a fad to most adults anymore. As more people realize that their daily diets may be lacking in essential nutrients, they are wisely turning to supplements to help them get the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help support good health. Another benefit of specialty supplements—such as omega-3 fish oils—is that they can also provide more concentrated doses of nutrients that you may be lacking from regular servings of highly processed, commercially available foods. Whether you’re just too busy to eat right or you feel like you may need to give your health an extra nutritional boost, fall in with the supplement-taking crowd and experience the good health that you’ve probably been missing out on.
- 68% of Americans use supplements, CRN study finds. Council for Responsible Nutrition. https://newhope360.com/news/68-americans-use-supplements-crn-study-finds.
- Park M. Half of Americans use supplements. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/13/supplements.dietary/index.html.