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

11. Pau d’arco

This supplement, made from the inner bark of the South American lapacho tree, posted a 22.3 percent increase in sales between 2002 and 2003, but total 2003 sales were only $87,761. Pau d’arco’s claim to fame is cancer prevention. However, Blumenthal says a 1960s National Cancer Institute study found that lapachol, an ingredient in pau d’arco, had anti-tumor activity, but only in dosages so large they were unsafe. “The jury’s still out as to what pau d’arco’s true benefit is,” Blumenthal says. The National Library of Medicine lists only eight journal articles about pau d’arco as a supplement, and several of those studies are critical of pau d’arco’s cancer-preventing capabilities. A 2001 Brazilian study found pau d’arco had analgesic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties when given to mice and rats.

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


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