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

13. SAM-e

At No. 13, SAM-e was responsible for 3.94 percent of total supplement sales in 2002 and increased its sales by 20.3 percent over 2002. SAM-e (nonabbreviated name S-adenosylmethionine,) is made up of the amino acid methionine and ATP, the body’s main energy molecule, according to the Natural Health Bible. The body produces SAM-e naturally, but deficiencies in methionine, folic acid or vitamin B12 can cause a reduction in SAM-e levels. As a supplement, SAM-e is used to treat osteo-arthritis, depression, some diseases of the liver and the muscle condition fibromyalgia. “Double-blind studies suggest that SAM-e is about as effective as standard anti-inflammatory drugs” for the treatment of arthritis, working in the same way that the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin do. Furthermore, notes the Natural Health Bible, “Several double blind studies have found oral SAM-e to be an effective treatment for depression,” although they were performed on too small a number of participants to provide authoritative evidence. Almada classifies SAM-e as an “expensive alternative” to glucosamine for arthritis and St. John’s wort for depression. “SAM-e shows decent effectiveness in studies but is no better than other supplements. It’s popular because of its exotic, unknown name,” 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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