Americans see no detriment to dietary supplements

November 5, 2017

U.S. adults are chugging vitamins and nutriments like never before, according to the results of the 2017 Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Survey on Dietary Supplements.

CRN is the trade group that represents the dietary supplement and “functional food” industry.

Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of CRN and released at the end of October, the research found that 76% of respondents nationwide consume dietary supplements—an all-time high that is up five percentage points from last year’s results.

The survey also found that nearly nine in ten—or 87%of U.S. adults—have confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements overall.

Specifically, among the types of supplements being taken, the survey found that vitamins/minerals are the most commonly consumed supplement category, consistent with the previous surveys; with 75% of respondents saying that they have taken these in the past 12 months. The second most popular category is specialty supplements (38%), followed by herbals/botanicals (29%), sports nutrition supplements (22%), and weight management supplements (15%).

Overall health/wellness benefits were cited as the main reason for taking dietary supplements (46%). Three in ten (30%) consume supplements to fill nutritional gaps in their diets and similar proportions (28%) use them for energy.

Of those who do not take dietary supplements, nearly half (45%) say they might consider taking supplements in the future if a doctor recommended it to them.

Research contact: nweindruch@crnuas.org