Interestingly, a 2011 survey in the Nutrition Journal found that it is very common for medical doctors to take supplements for themselves, and also recommend them to their patients.
In this survey, 900 medical doctors including 300 cardiologists, 300 dermatologists and 300 orthopedic surgeons were asked about their supplement use.
The percentages of doctors taking supplements for personal use were:
- 57% of cardiologists
- 75% of dermatologists
- 73% of orthopedists
The percentages of doctors who recommended supplements to their patients were:
- 72% of cardiologist
- 66% of dermatologists
- 91% of orthopedists
The most common supplements recommended were multivitamins, fish oils, and botanicals or herbs.
Personally, I feel the major role of supplements is to help restore normal function, and then be able to get off the supplement so that no dependencies are created. That said, there are certain supplements that I feel should be in rotation on a regular basis, as we just don’t get enough of these in our diet anymore.
>>> Vitamin D
>>> Minerals (not vitamins)
>>> Fish oils