Survey Finds That Majority of Americans Use and Trust Supplements
A recent survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition found that 68% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements and that 84% of U.S. adults express overall confidence in the safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements.
A closer look at the survey results shows that Americans have the most confidence in “Vitamins and minerals,” with 85% expressing their faith in those supplements. That was followed by 62.5% expressing faith in “specialty supplements,” 59.5% in “herbals and botanicals” and, finally, 48% expressing confidence in “sports nutrition and weight management.”
Additionally, the multivitamin has the highest percentage of usage, at 79% of male respondents and 77% of female respondents, followed by vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin B or B complex. For specialty supplements, omega-3 fatty acids were the most common, with 19% of respondents reporting using them. This was followed by fiber (13%), probiotics (12%), melatonin (8%), glucosamine and/or chondroitin (8%), CoQ10 (8%), and digestive enzymes (5%).
When it came to herbal and botanical supplements, 12% took green tea, followed by cranberry (8%), garlic (6%), ginseng (5%), gingko biloba (5%), turmeric (5%), and milk thistle (4%).
Finally, when the researchers examined how different age groups approach supplements, they found that men and women were about the same in Gen Y, with 61% and 62% usage, respectively. Gen X was even closer, with both genders reporting 69% usage. However, the Boomer generation had a greater gap, with men and women reporting 63% and 74%, respectively, and “Elder” men and women reporting 68% and 79%, respectively.
The survey, titled The 2015 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, was conducted from August 20-24 by Ipsos Public Affairs. It was conducted online in English and included a national sample of 2,016 adults who were at least 18 years of age.