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

23. Calcium

Dollar sales of calcium rose 9.3 percent for the year ending January 2004. The most abundant mineral in the body, calcium is essential to the health of bone and other body functions, including “nerve transmission, muscle contraction, glandular secretion, cell membrane permeability, respiration, renal function and blood coagulation,” reports The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Calcium supplementation has proven to prevent osteoporosis, and also has proven efficacy in the treatment of high blood pressure, PMS and pregnancy-related leg cramping. Because reduced levels of estrogen cause a decrease in calcium absorption and retention, calcium supplementation is recommended for “pregnant and breast-feeding women, adolescent girls and postmenopausal women,” says The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, & Herbs (Bookman Press, 1998). The percentage of elemental calcium present in a supplement depends upon its accompanying compound. Because calcium citrate is a “clean, well-absorbed and readily available form of calcium,” Christianson says, it’s “probably your best bang for the buck.”

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


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