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

8. Green tea

As news of green tea’s versatility spreads, its sales increase—up 32.4 percent between 2002 and 2003, with total sales last year of $2.4 million. Green tea is packed with polyphenols, which give it antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and antibiotic properties. In essence, it’s a wonder drink that can help lessen and prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar and prevent the flu. These claims are backed by strong science—the National Library of Medicine lists 1,484 journal articles detailing green tea studies. “There’s an impressive array of science supporting green tea’s antioxidant effects and its cholesterol-lowering effects, and a growing number of epidemiological evidence supports its ability to prevent certain cancers,” says Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council. Green tea’s active components include catechin, which has been found in human and animal studies to be effective for treating and reducing gastrointestinal cancers. A 1990 Japanese study linked catechin with a reduction in influenza among study participants. Green tea also contains polysaccharides, which have been found to reduce blood sugar.

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


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