Food supplements remain popular across the EU

Natural Health News – A new study has shed some light on what food supplements plant are more popular in Europe, with consumers using them to supplement their diets or to maintain health.

The study, published in the journal in PLOS ONE examined the popularity of different botanical supplements in different European countries – Finland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom – and compared different methods of taking these supplements, from capsules and pills powder packets and bottles

for purposes of the study, botanists were defined as “concentrated sources of. botanical preparations having a nutritional or physiological [and] effect … marketed in dose form. ” For this reason, teas, juices and the like, were not included in the survey, although these are also popular forms undoubtedly taking herbal products.

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The 2359 participants, so as to form a representative sample of demography with sex and age groups. All had taken botanical supplements in the previous 12 months and were asked to complete a detailed report on use during that time period, covering the specific product (s) taken, frequency and duration of use questionnaire.

The percentage of people using supplements varied among countries with figures ranging from 9.6% in Finland to 22.7% in Italy. Overall, across the EU researchers estimate that 18.8% take at least one botanical supplements.

The results also showed showed significant variation in the number of different products used. A total of 1288 different products were recorded in the six countries. The widest range of different supplements were recorded in Italy and Spain (289 and 284 respectively).

In the UK, the number of different products was approximately half that of the other countries UK also had the lowest use of multi-botanicals and a strong preference for individual botanicals – 84 , 5% of the UK sample simply use one botanists compared with 20.5% of the Finnish group.

Overall, it was found that the most popular to be, in descending order botanical supplements: Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo) Oenothera biennis (evening primrose), Cynara scolymus (artichoke), Panax ginseng (ginseng), aloe vera, Foeniculum vulgare (fennel), Valeriana officinalis (Valeriana), Glycine max (soybean) Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) echinacea purpurea (echinacea) and Vaccinium myrtillus (blueberry).

“The popularity of dietary supplements is increasing in Europe, but currently there is a lack of data on the use of these products. The marketing of these supplements depends on national legislation, which differs greatly between Member States of the EU, “said professor Monique Raats, co-author of the study from the University of Surrey said.

It goes on to suggest that some of the preferences revealed in the study reflected a different legislation surrounding the sale and labeling of these supplements and the results of studies like this can help inform policy makers the popularity of specific products in your country, so that they can perform more useful judgments in law and marketing.

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