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

19. Spirulina

Spirulina, also called blue-green algae, saw a 13.5 percent increase in dollar sales for the year ending January 2004. Rich in carotenoids and nutrients (including all of the essential amino acids), spirulina is gaining support from an increasing number of studies for claims that these microorganisms have antiviral, antimutagenic and cholesterol-lowering properties. In A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements, Talbott describes a test-tube study in which Spirulina platensis “was effective in inhibiting HIV-1 replication and infectivity by up to 50 percent.” Another study showed a “complete regression of oral cancerous lesions” among 45 percent of its tobacco-chewing subjects who received daily spirulina supplements for one year. Naturopathic physician Christianson says, “Although spirulina contains a lot of nutrients … its B12 is not an isomer that is metabolically active in humans.” As such, Christianson counsels his vegan patients “against relying on it as a source of B12.” Available in tablet and capsule form, spirulina may also be added to food or juice in powder form.

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


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