It’s probably no surprise that 84% of retail pharmacists surveyed said they receive questions about which supplements they would recommend for various health concerns. After all, they wear a white coat and are usually within a few yards of a dizzying array of supplement options.
Given that they are experts in human physiology, medication metabolism and drug interaction, they just might be the best person (aside from your doctor) to ask for a recommendation. While you’re at it, be sure to tell them what, if any medications you’re taking as some supplements can affect how drugs work.
Pharmacists’ Top Picks
According to the same survey, here are the top recommended supplements for common health concerns:
Energy – Pharmacists are twice as likely to recommend protein-based products rather than caffeine for energy. To maintain energy about three in four pharmacists (72%) recommend taking an iron supplement. About 30% recommend ginseng.
Metabolism – To derive energy from food, nine out of ten pharmacists recommend a B-complex vitamin which can help the body utilize nutrients.
Heart Health – Nine in ten recommend fish oil for cardiovascular health. About two thirds surveyed are apt to recommend flaxseed oil and about half (47%) may also suggest a garlic supplement. Vitamin D was also highly regarded by 77% of pharmacists for heart health.
Mental Alertness -- About 42% recommend Ginkgo biloba for mental alertness Immune Health – For a healthy immune system, 79% of the pharmacists say they recommend vitamin D.
Nutritional Gaps – Nine in 10 recommend multivitamins and vitamin D to fill nutritional gaps.
While an overwhelming majority of pharmacists (93%) agree that taking vitamins and supplements is important for maintaining overall good health, they are equally adamant about choosing supplement brands based on quality.
In fact, product quality topped the list of important factors to consider when purchasing supplements. Specifically, they rated product purity (77%) and product potency (65%) as being paramount.
We wholeheartedly agree with the pharmacists on this point—choosing a high quality supplement ensures that you are getting a safe and effective product that will help you maintain optimal health.
CNCA goes to extreme measures to insure our products meet the highest standards for purity, potency and authenticity—We call that quality you can trust!