Table 3

Reasons for recommending and using dietary supplements, selected by 10% or more of dietitians surveyed, from a provided list of reasons

List of reasons (Provided to survey respondents)

Reason for recommending (n = 300)

Reason for using(n = 287)


Bone health

70%

58%*


Fill nutrition gaps

67%

42%*


Overall health/wellness benefits

49%

53%


Lower cholesterol

46%

16%*


Heart health

46%

25%*


Dietary pattern (vegetarian/vegan)

43%

5%*


Digestive/gastrointestinal health

39%

26%*


Maintain healthy cholesterol

33%

17%*


Women's health (prenatal, pregnancy)

29%

12%*


Immune health

25%

25%


Joint health

22%

15%*


Weight management

17%

6%*


Women's health (menopause)

15%

10%


Skin, hair and nails

15%

13%


Flu/colds

15%

21%


Women's health (other)

14%

14%


Sports nutrition and performance

14%

5%*


Eye health

13%

9%


Energy

12%

15%


Energy balance

10%

6%


Other

10%

5%*


* Indicates a statistically significant difference (p < .05, x2) in the percent that selected this option as a reason for using vs a reason for recommending dietary supplements

Dickinson et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:14   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-14

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