Top 25 Supplements in 2004

1. Policosanol

2. Bone Meal

3. Wheat Germ

4. Lycopene

5. Essential Fatty Acids

6. Liver

7. Lutein

8. Green tea

9. Black cohosh root

10. Silicea

11. Pau d’arco

12. Coenzyme Q10

13. SAM-e

14. Royal Jelly

15. Alpha-Lipoic Acid

16. Potassium

17. Elderberry

18. Horny goat weed

19. Spirulina

20. Chlorophyll

21. 5-HTP

22. Magnesium

23. Calcium

24. Cranberry

25. Evening primrose

United States' Top 25 Nutritional Supplements

9. Black cohosh root

Black cohosh root’s success in treating menopausal symptoms drove a 26.2 increase in sales between 2002 and 2003. Total 2003 sales were $15.7 million. “Since the Women’s Health Initiative [hormone replacement therapy] study was halted in July 2002 [due to findings about the negative effects of HRT], the obvious interest and demand for black cohosh has skyrocketed. There’s also been a much higher interest among gynecologists,” Blumenthal says. He notes that there are “a dozen or more clinical studies” detailing black cohosh root’s success in preventing menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes, perspiration and mood swings. The Complete German Commission E Monograph (Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998) approves black cohosh root for menopausal symptoms ranging from hot flashes to insomnia, and for premenstrual discomfort. The British Herbal Compendium (British Herbal Medicine Association, 1992) adds rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and tinnitus to the list of ailments, and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph on black cohosh adds epilepsy, depression and anxiety; hypertension; premature labor; cramps during pregnancy; and postpartum pain.

American Top 25: Supplements Climbing the Charts by Vicky Uhland, Kristen Lewis, Christine Spehar.  July, 2004. Natural Foods Merchandiser


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