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Blendon et al. did a survey of 1579 adults looking for users of dietary supplements (but not vitamins or mineral): 38% of those took some supplement in the past two years, and 13% took a supplement regularly, with fish oil topping the chart. Their reasons for taking supplements included: “to feel better” (41%), “improve energy levels” (41%), “boost your immune system” (36%), “digestive issues” (28%), and “lower cholesterol” (21%). Incredibly, only a quarter of them thought they would pass on supplement if a trial concluded it was ineffective.

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