Most Used Natural Products
7.8% of U.S. adults (18.8 million) used
fish oil/omega-3/DHA, EPA fatty acids
Fish oil was the most popular natural product used by adults in the United States in 2012. Nearly 8 million more adults used fish oil in 2012 than in 2007.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a kind of fat found in foods, such as seafood and oils, plants, and in the human body. There isn’t convincing evidence that omega-3 fatty acids protect against heart disease or slow the progression of an eye condition called age-related macular degeneration. Researchers are studying them to see if they may help relieve symptoms of depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and dry eye syndrome.
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4 Citation: Clarke TC, Black LI, Stussman BJ, Barnes PM, Nahin RL. Trends in the use of complementary health approaches among adults: United States, 2002–2012. National health statistics reports; no 79. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (240KB PDF)