Marketing for natural supplements for health and wellness is big business. How do you know if you are getting the right products or using them correctly for your lifestyle? Who is really using natural supplements?

You may want to take a look at the numbers behind the business of natural supplements to see who is using them, where natural health is frequently practiced, and if adding supplements to your diet will be beneficial for you.

The CDC released this study about supplements in April of 2013. Here are a few of the highlights.

  • Supplement use increased in the United States: Between 1988 and 1994, 40% of adults in the U.S. added dietary supplements to their daily routine. By 2006 this number increased to over half.
  • Multivitamins are most common: 40% of men and women reported regularly using multivitamins between 2003 and 2006.
  • Women take more calcium: Probably due to the increased knowledge of osteoporosis, calcium use in women over the age of 60 increased to over 61% in 2006. Between 1988 and 1994, only 28% reported using calcium supplements.
  • More vitamin D taken: Vitamin D deficiencies have become news lately and many adults are acting on this knowledge by taking additional vitamin D supplements. The use has increased significantly since 1988.
  • Women more likely to use supplements: Throughout the course of the studies conducted, it was shown that women were more likely to take additional multivitamins and other supplements than men.
  • Use increased among older adults: While the difference in percentage among age groups is not overwhelming, it does appear that adults over the age of 50 are more likely to use supplements than those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
  • The cost of supplements: Only 5% of adults were considered heavy users but they are currently paying $40 per month on supplements and multivitamins. 35% of adults are labeled regular users and their monthly cost is closer to $10.

What is your experience using multivitamins and other natural supplements?

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