Based on the latest statistics, supplements such as probiotics, fish oil pills, and vitamin D have become widely popular across the United States. In other words, standard multivitamins have begun losing ground as scientists have discovered that supplements are more effective in improving the overall health status.
Experts found that from 1999 to 2012, American citizens had a supplement consumption above the national average. More precisely, over 50 percent of adults stated that they relied on minerals and vitamins.
However, the difference lies in the fact that Americans now prefer omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, while botanicals including garlic extracts, ginseng, and Echinacea are not among the favorite choices.
Experts are not puzzled by this sudden change because these supplements come with a great benefit for the brain and heart. According to Elizabeth Kantor, lead researcher and epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, N.Y., fish oil pills substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
In addition, vitamin D proved a reliable asset against various types of severe conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and diabetes just to name a few.
Still, this doesn’t mean that multivitamins are not good, but just that people nowadays would rather go for other types of supplements. A few years ago, antioxidants including beta-carotene, vitamin E and C were hotly debated if they could tackle cancer and heart conditions.
As it turned out later, many clinical trials showed that those antioxidants came with no additional benefit. The latest research involved around 38,000 participants who agreed to be monitored between 1999 and 2012.
At the end of the study, the team discovered that about 31 percent of them used various types of multivitamins in the previous month, 6 percent less compared with the statistics between 1999 and 2000.
Also, other supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, green tea extract, and coenzyme Q10 have become widely popular as the study showed that the percentage increased by 13 percent until 2012. This results clearly prove that Americans prefer these supplements over the traditional vitamins.
The findings were published yesterday and according to the experts, these statistics show that American citizens have started to rely more on the scientists’ opinion, thus improving their lifestyle by taking healthy dietary supplements.
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