Consumers are replacing fresh foods with supplements to save pennies, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Even in the current recession, IRI market analysts reported that in a year-long period ending in December 2008, food supplement sales were up eight percent from the previous year.
Why turn to these supplements during a recession? Consumers may use these products as low-cost, anti-medical alternatives to promote wellness, the analysts suggest. With sky-high medical costs, most consumers use supplements to avoid new bills. The trend is also being reported in China, Europe, South Korea, South Africa and Australia, but consumers should remember that while supplements can boost overall health, they will not cure diseases
If you’re thinking about adding a supplement to your diet, look at your individual needs and note areas where you might be deficient. While combination products work, they are not always the best solution. It is easy to develop your own combination by choosing vitamins, minerals or herbs to fit your lifestyle. Check out these supplement superstars recommended by a team of doctors.