Data from surveys commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and performed by Ipsos Public Affairs indicate that between 64 and 69% of US adults were supplement users between 2007 and 2011, with 48-53% being ‘regular’ users, levels equivalent to the overall prevalence reported in NHANES.
“What the data tells us,” said Judy Blatman, Sr communications, CRN, and one of the study’s co-authors, “is that dietary supplement usage is a mainstream practice, and, contrary to some assertions, supplement users do not use these products as a license to slack off on eating right or exercising, but instead are health conscious individuals trying to do all the right things to be healthy. They are more likely than nonusers to try to eat a balanced diet, visit their doctor regularly, get a good night’s sleep, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.”
Multivitamins – still number one
Data from the 2011 survey indicated that, among supplement users, multivitamins were the most commonly used supplement (71%), followed by omega-3 or fish oil (33%), calcium (32%), vitamin D (32%), and vitamin C (32%). Vitamin or mineral supplements were used by 67% of all respondents in 2011, specialty supplements by 35%, botanicals by 23%, and sports supplements by 17%.