Fish oil supplements and glucosamine, chondroitin, or a combination supplement were the two most common nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements used in the past 30 days in both 2007 and 2012. While there was no change in the percentage of overall use of nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements among adults from 2007 to 2012, changes were seen in the use of specific types of supplements:

  • Fish oil use among adults increased from 4.8% to 7.8%.
  • Melatonin use more than doubled in use, from 0.6% to 1.3%.
  • Use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or a combination pill decreased (3.2% to 2.6%).
  • A significant decline was seen in use of Echinacea, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and saw palmetto.

Survey Results for Children

For children aged 4–17, use of complimentary health approaches did not change significantly from 2007 to 2012 (12% to 11.6%, respectively). Nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements were the most commonly approach in both 2007 and 2012 by 4.9% of children overall.

  • Echinacea was the most commonly used supplement by children in 2007; fish oil was the most popular in 2012.
  • Fish oil and probiotics or prebiotics were among the top three nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements used in 2012 with no statistical difference between 2007 use and 2012 use.
  • A significant increase in the use of melatonin among children was observed, from 0.1% to 0.7%.
  • Use of combination herb pills decreased from 0.5% to 0.1%.
  • Garlic supplements, combination herb pills, ginseng, cranberry, and glucosamine or chondroitin were used by about 0.1% of children with no difference in use between the two time periods.