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Dietary supplements - do Poles buy them willingly, what do they pay attention to when buying them and what is their opinion about them? We learned the answers to these and many other questions thanks to the report of the portalads and the monthly "Zdrowie". We invite you to read its results!

The report on Poles' opinion on dietary supplements was conducted by the Pollster Research Institute in November 2016 on a group of 1017 people aged 18-60. We examined the reasons why people taking dietary supplements use them, we also got to know the opinions of Poles about these preparations.

4 percent of respondents take supplements to improve their libido.

Why and how often do Poles take dietary supplements?

Half of Poles take dietary supplements. Why do we decide to buy them?First of all, we want to strengthen our body, fight the lack of energy and protect ourselves from infection.An important factor that causes us to choose dietary supplements is also the desire to look after our appearance and improve our malaise. The lowest number of people taking supplements stated that their decision was driven by the will to follow fashion or that it was caused by the information obtained in the TV program.

The frequency of taking supplements by Poles varies. 48 percent of respondents take them from time to time, but on the other hand - 41 percent do so regularly, mostly young people who also take regular prescribed medications at the same time. 47 percent of those who choose supplements consume only one type, 34 percent - two, and 11 percent - as many as three.

Which supplements do we buy the most?

Poles most often buy dietary supplements that strengthen the immune system and the body's resistance - 34 percent of respondents who take these preparations do so. Supplements supporting concentration and vitality are chosen by 26 percent of respondents. The same number of people take preparations to improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails. The next on the list - the choice of 19 percent of respondents - are dietary supplements that regulate the functioning of the digestive system, and 12 percent of people buy agents that support the slimming process or have a positive effect on the functioning of the circulatory system. Leastwe buy preparations that improve the quality of sleep - 6 percent of responses and delay the aging processes - 5 percent.

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Vitamin C and magnesium on top

Preparations with vitamin C and magnesium are taken by the most numerous group of people who use dietary supplements - indicated by 3/4 of the respondents. More than half of the respondents admit to taking supplements with vitamin D3 and calcium, and folic acid is also very popular - 36 percent of respondents - and selenium (27 percent), as well as probiotic bacteria (24 percent) and extracts from exotic plants (21 percent).

What brands of supplements do we most often buy?

It turns out that for Poles who buy supplements, their brand is not as important as the effect of the preparation.Only 45 percent of respondents can spontaneously mention any name of a dietary supplement. Most often, however - 6 percent - mention Multivitamin, although without certainty whether it is about a specific agent or just a multivitamin supplement. The same percentage of people mentions the Center, and a little less - Olimp (5 percent). The following places were taken by: Pluszsz (4 percent), Vigor and Rutinoscorbin (3 percent each). It is similar with the knowledge of advertising - only 28 percent of respondents remember the brand of a dietary supplement that they saw an advertisement for in the last 6 months.

The Top 10 most frequently purchased products by respondents in the preceding 12 months of the study included: Multivitamin (7 percent), Rutinoscrobin (5 percent), Olimp, Centrum and Pluszsz (4 percent each), as well as Skrzypowita and Magne-B6 ( 3 percent).

In stationary, online or in-store pharmacy?

When it comes to the place of purchase - we are traditionalists. 37 percent of respondents always stock up on dietary supplements from a stationary pharmacy, much less online - 3 percent and a hypermarket - 2 percent.

In the Internet, we most often look for information about dietary supplements by entering the search engine password on the website and on various forums.

What do we follow when choosing a dietary supplement?

When choosing a supplement, Poles are guided by many factors, but their own opinion is the most important for them- for 80 percent of people who take supplements, their own experience is the most important factor when shopping. On the other hand, 56 percent of buyers take a pharmacist's recommendation. Sometimes, according to specialists, the lowest price takes precedence over the composition of the preparation - as many as 49 percent of supplement users follow it - and the brand of the product - 47 percent. Few people declarethat they take into account what they saw in the ad - 18 percent of respondents - or the packaging of the preparation - only 4 percent of them.

Opinions of Poles on dietary supplements

Are Poles satisfied with the effects of supplements? Yes, but they are not thrilled.50 percent of those taking the preparations stated that the dietary supplements worked, but their expectations were higher.However, 26 percent of respondents had no objections to the effect of the purchased product. Only 16 percent of people did not notice any improvement while taking the supplements.

Supplements are not drugs - they are supplements to the diet, composed of nutrients. According to the survey, consumers - 46 percent of respondents - are aware of this. Only 20 percent of the respondents described such preparations as medicaments. Moreover, 59 percent of study participants believe that the effects of dietary supplements must be confirmed by scientific research.

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Supplementary arbitrariness of Poles

Poles do not consult a doctor on the purchase of dietary supplements, choosing the type of preparation they take themselves. As many as 74 percent of people who use supplements did not inform their doctor about it, only 20 percent of respondents did so. 91 percent of respondents buy supplements on their own, and 6 percent of people buy them from their parent or husband / wife.

How do Poles rate their he alth?

Most people in the study are in good he alth. 43 percent of respondents sometimes get sick but recover quickly, 27 percent say they are fine and 7 percent say they are in great shape. On the other hand, 12 percent of people taking part in the study suffer from chronic diseases, most often from hypertension, diabetes, depression, and spine diseases.

What about the physical activity of the surveyed Poles? It can be different: 23 percent of them play sports several times a week, but 20 percent do not do it at all. On the other hand, 11 percent of respondents focus on daily physical activity. Despite the declared good he alth, we take medications. Forty percent of respondents were prescribed them by a doctor, most often painkillers - 29 percent - and cardiology drugs - 24 percent. We also take medications that lower cholesterol, allergies and diabetes.

The most common way of coping with the disease is through tried-and-tested home remedies- this was indicated by 57 percent of respondents. A visit to the doctor was only in second place - 47 percent of responses, and the use of medications and remedies available withoutprescriptions - in the third - the choice of 41 percent of respondents.

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What about those who do not buy dietary supplements?

Half of the respondents declared that they do not buy dietary supplements. The most common reason for such a decision is the lack of trust in such preparations - 27 percent of the answers, no he alth problems - 22 percent, good nutrition - 19 percent, and the lack of willingness to spend money on this type of products - "I don't want to waste money" is the answer of 16 percent of the respondents .

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