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The Top 7: Why Americans Are Taking Supplements [INFOGRAPHIC]

Last updated: January-30,2023

Top 7 Reasons Why Americans Are Taking Supplements

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Understanding why people are looking to buy a product is just as important as knowing what that product its.

When it comes to launching an awesome new product -knowing who's going to be looking to buy your supplement and why can be the difference between a successful new venture and a one-time side project.

Identifying Supplement Consumer Trends (With Some Help)

Thankfully for us, there are a ton of excellent resources out there for budding and seasoned supplement entrepreneurs looking to take their efforts to the next level.

One of our personal favorites is the annual consumer survey published by Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). Even though they haven't released the entirety of the 2017 survey, the statistics that they have released can offer us some excellent insight into what's important to the average American supplement taker.

The Top 7 Reasons Why American Consumers Take Supplements

According to a 2017 survey, which worked with a sample of 2,001 American adults over the age of 18, and impressive 76% reported taking dietary supplements regularly.

Among those who considered themselves supplement users, they found that these were the seven most popular reasons for taking dietary supplements:

  • #7 - Healthy Aging (21%)
  • #6 - Heart Health (22%)
  • #5 - Bone Health (23%)
  • #4 - Immune Health (24%)
  • #3 - Energy (28%)
  • #2 - Fill Nutrient Gaps in Diet (30%)
  • #1 - Overall Health/Wellness (40%)

So - what can we do with this information? For starters, it has the potential to serve as an excellent jumping off point for entrepreneurs looking to figure out what kind of supplement they'd want to craft.

For those with existing supplement products that fall into one or more of these seven categories, some great questions to consider are: Am I shining the spotlight on the right aspects of my supplement product? Am I maximizing my marketing and sales potential by focusing on the characteristics that have consumer appeal?

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Key Takeaways

Finding success now and beyond means analyzing trends, knowing your audience, and being ready to make growth-driven decision.

Do surveys and statistics like these influence your decision making and business strategies? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

December 12th, 2017

About the Author:

Melissa DellaBartolomea

Melissa DellaBartolomea was the resident Content Marketing Specialist at NutraScience Labs from February 2016 to July 2018. Driven by a passion for the world of written, visual, and digital media, she's dedicated herself to keeping up with all things nutraceutical. From ingredient insights to the latest in contract manufacturing regulations and trends, her mission is to provide our readers (like you) with the stories and knowledge they need to fuel long-term growth and nutraceutical industry success.