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

5. Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids had a sales increase of 50.3 percent over 2002 and represented 11.5 percent of supplements’ total dollar sales. The two main groups of EFAs are the omega-3 and the omega-6 families, which are both polyunsaturated hormone-like substances and “have an important effect on immune function, smooth muscle function, platelet aggregation and inflammation,” according to Textbook of Nutritional Medicine. Greenland Eskimos, who eat a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, have a very low instance of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. A good source of omega-3 fatty acids is cold-water fish, while oils rich in linoleic acid, such as evening primrose oil, provide omega-6. Flaxseed oil is a very popular omega-3 supplement, though Almada says that evidence supporting the effectiveness of flax or other plant-derived omega-3 supplements is lacking when compared to that of fish oil. “People who eat plant-derived omega-3s may not be getting all the benefits they would from eating the long chain omega-3s found in fish and algae,” he says.

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


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