A recent survey found that 60% of the nation currently takes a vitamin or supplement. In the survey, conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe, 1,000 U.S. adults were asked a series of questions that shed some light on America's vitamin and supplement habits.
Of those who take vitamins, the survey results report that more than 70% of respondents said they feel more confident about their health when they are taking a vitamin. Multivitamins are the most popular supplement, with 75% of respondents reportedly taking the supplement regularly. Other top supplements by those who take vitamins were:
- Vitamin D (52%)
- Vitamin C (49%)
- Calcium (45%)
- B Vitamins (43%)
- Fish oil (42%)
- Iron (25%)
"It's very difficult to eat the recommended daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables to satisfy our bodies' nutrient needs," said Sharon Richter, a Registered Dietician in New York City. "A great way to fill in the nutritional gaps is with a vitamin and supplement regimen – it's simple and fits seamlessly into today's fast-paced lifestyle."
Other findings of the survey offer a deeper look into America's health habits:
Starting on a vitamin regimen was not an impulse decision. Nearly half (46%) began taking a vitamin based on the recommendation of an expert, one-third (34%) wanted to improve their health altogether, and one in 10 (9%) wanted to feel better about themselves.
The Vitamin Shoppe survey found that only four in 10 (38%) of moms and dads take a daily vitamin, compared to 56% of non-parents. Even fewer parents pass on this habit to their children. Only one-third (34%) of kids get a daily vitamin.
For those that do not take supplements, 43% feel they do not need vitamins with a balanced diet, 22% think they would never remember to take them, and others feel vitamins are too expensive (9%).
We have always known men and women are different, but the ways they choose to stay fit are different as well. 65% of women count taking a vitamin as one of the things they do to stay healthy, compared to just over half of men (55%). When it comes to exercise, 70% of men hit the gym for 30 minutes or more each week, compared to 65% of women.[Source: "Survey Finds 60 Percent of U.S. Adults Take Vitamins or Supplements." Wakefield Research on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe. 1 June 2011. Web. 9 June 2011.]