Table 3

Percent of subjects citing various reasons for using dietary supplements, in NHANES 2007–2011 and in two CRN surveys, one in 2011 on consumer use of dietary supplements and one in 2009 on use by dietitians
Reason for use NHANES 2007–2010 [[3]] CRN Consumer survey, 2011 [[5]] CRN survey, dietitians, 2009 [[11]]
Overall health:
Improve overall health 45%
Maintain health 33%
Overall health/wellness 58% 53%
Bone health 25% 30% 58%
Supplement the diet, fill nutrient gaps 22% 42% 42%
Prevent health problems 20% 26%
Heart health, lower cholesterol 15% 29%, 19% 25%, 16%
Boost immunity, prevent colds 15% 32%, 17% 25%, 21%
Healthy joints, prevent arthritis 12% 20% 15%
Enhanced energy 11% 31% 15%
Skin, hair and nails 5% (skin only) 17% 13%
Bowel or colon health, digestive health 5% 15% 26%
Eye health 4% 13% 9%
Mental health or focus, concentration 4% 13%
Weight loss, weight management 3% 14% 6%

(Includes questions asked in at least two of the three surveys; response rounded to nearest percent).

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