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CBD and Collagen Rise in Popularity, as Probiotics and Coconut Oil Dip in Latest ConsumerLab Survey of Supplement Users

White Plains, New York, February 24, 2019 — A recent survey of 10,931 people who use dietary supplements shows that CBD oil (+6.3 percentage points), collagen (+3.6 pts), and bone broth (+2.7 pts) experienced the greatest growth in popularity over the past year, while the greatest declines were with coconut oil (-3.6 pts), probiotics (-2.8 pts), apple cider vinegar (-2.2 pts), and CoQ10 (-2.1 pts). The results are based on responses to the most recent ConsumerLab.com Survey of Vitamin and Supplement Users. The Survey is conducted each November among readers of ConsumerLab.com's semiweekly newsletter.

Magnesium continued its ascent in popularity (+0.6 pt), edging out CoQ10 as the third most popular supplement. Vitamin D (+0.3 pt) remained the most popular supplement, used by 66.4% of respondents, followed 10 pts behind by fish oil (-1.8 pts), and then curcumin and turmeric (-0.6 pt), multivitamins (-1.7 pts), probiotics, vitamin C (+0.2 pt), B complexes (-0.9 pt), and calcium (-0.6 pt). Among the top 50 supplements, 27 declined in popularity while only 20 showed an increase, suggesting some softening in overall demand for supplements. The survey assessed the popularity of 138 types of supplements and analyzed popularity by respondent age, gender, and frequency of supplement use.

"The results this year show the rapid ascent of CBD despite its lack of availability in traditional retail channels. Vitamin D remained firmly entrenched as the most popular supplement and magnesium continued its steady rise while use softened for several long-favored supplements, such as fish oil, probiotics, and even turmeric/curcumin," said Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com, which independently reports on supplements and supplement quality.

At the end of 2017, only 5.6% of respondents reported using CBD oil (including hemp extracts). This rose to 11.9% by the end of 2018, representing year-over-year growth of 113% and making CBD the 40th most popular supplement, up from 84th the prior year. Although CBD is widely available online and in smaller stores, it is not legal to market CBD as a dietary supplement, according to the FDA, and it is not available from traditional mass market stores or major pharmacies and vitamin chains. Interest in CBD was spurred on in 2018 by its approval as a prescription drug for rare forms of epilepsy, extensive news coverage, and word of mouth and social media postings about its use in treating pain, anxiety, and other conditions.

The ConsumerLab.com Survey was first conducted in 2002. Respondents are predominantly heavy users of supplements, with over 80% taking at least four different supplements daily and actively seeking information about these products. Respondents also identified where they purchased their supplements and rated the brands and merchants they used. The supplement brands and merchants receiving the highest ratings on overall consumer satisfaction within their specific market segments will be reported on February 25th.

"We began the annual survey to direct our product testing toward supplement categories and brands of greatest interest to ConsumerLab.com members," noted Dr. Cooperman. "It has evolved into an excellent barometer of the nutrition marketplace."

For more information about the survey or to purchase the full survey report, go to https://www.consumerlab.com/reports/CLSurveyBrochure2019.pdf or contact Lisa Sabin, Vice President for Business Development, at lisa.sabin@consumerlab.com.

Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online and provides immediate access to reviews of more than 1,300 products from over 500 brands. The company is privately held and based in New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products.



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