by Gigi Konwin
Every year, I take the Consumer Lab Supplement Survey and every year I post the results. Although I love the CL supplement testing, it dawned on me this year that the results of these supplement surveys are pretty much the same every year because they are having the same people take the survey every year (their subscribers).
That being said, the results this year are still interesting. The top supplements in order are fish oil, multivitamins, Vitamin D, Calcium and CoQ10.
Vitamin D made the biggest jump – up to 56% of those surveyed. Women were much more likely to take Vitamin D than men and older people were more likely than younger. Makes sense, since your Vitamin D production goes down as you age.
Multivitamins are on a decline – they’ve been going down a little every year, although 70% of the people still take them. What was interesting was that young people are more likely to take a multivitamin than older people. (I’ve switched to a whole food multivitamin from Swanson. It’s a good quality for less money.)
Calcium was up from last year – to 55%.
Herbs and extracts dropped from 44% to 37% – which is interesting because I just discovered an herb/extract that I’ll be writing about shortly.
I thought it would be fun to see if there were any changes to what I take from last year. It’s pretty much the same with a few changes:
- 2009 2010/11
- Multivitamin Switched to Swanson’s Whole Food Multivitamin
- Vitamin D3 Same, although I’m only taking 2,000 units per day
- CoQ10 Same
- Fish Oil Same
- Resveratrol Stopped taking it
- Magnesium Switched to another brand, although I’ll probably switch back
I’ve added low-dose aspirin and unfortunately, blood pressure medication.
How about you? Have you made any changes to the supplements you take?
I do have some new discoveries that I’ll be writing about soon – stay tuned!
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Gigi Konwin is Editor of http://antiagingnutritionnews.com/blog