Skip to main content

Advertisement

Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Table 2 Pharmacists’ self-reported reasons for using vitamins/minerals

From: How do pharmacists use and recommend vitamins, minerals, herbals and other dietary supplements?

Item Ever used N (%) General health and wellness N (%) Treat a specific disease N (%) Improve physical health N (%) Improve mental ability or memory N (%) Suggested by healthcare professional N (%) Suggested by family, friend or co-worker N (%) Others N (%)
Vitamins/minerals
 Multivitamin 579 (91) 523 (90) 40 (7) 94 (15) 46 (8) 74 (13) 14 (2) 84 (11)
 B Vitamin 402 (63) 303 (75) 62 (15) 92 (23) 52 (13) 55 (14) 17 (4) 33 (8)
 Vitamin C 453 (71) 336 (74) 118 (26) 30 (6) 5 (1) 26 (6) 18 (4) 42 (9)
 Vitamin D 434 (68) 265 (61) 114 (26) 25 (6) 18 (4) 148 (34) 10 (2) 31 (7)
 Calcium 430 (67) 302 (70) 98 (23) 54 (12) 0 104 (24) 7 (1) 40 (9)
 Chromium 154 (24) 92 (60) 38 (25) 35 (18) 2 (1) 13 (8) 5 (1) 44 (29)
 Folic acid 300 (47) 182 (61) 59 (20) 22 (7) 11 (4) 90 (30) 4 (1) 60 (20)
 Iron 274 (43) 129 (47) 117 (43) 21 (6) 2 (1) 81 (30) 3 (1) 35 (12)
 Magnesium 223 (35) 135 (61) 72 (32) 32 (15) 5 (2) 41 (18) 4 (1) 37 (16)
 Zinc 258 (40) 146 (57) 104 (40) 21 (8) 4 (2) 29 (11) 12 (5) 43 (14)
  1. Others included: Prescription medications/medical treatment was too expensive, or medical treatment did not help