ISSAQUAH, W.A.—A new survey shows healthcare practitioners are increasingly open to using omega-3s and other dietary supplements in their clinical practice.
The 14-question survey “How do Dietary Supplements Fit into Your Clinical Practice?" was designed to gauge practitioner knowledge about clinical use of dietary supplements, particularly omega-3s. It was sent to physicians, nurses and ancillary healthcare professionals across the country.
Of the 362 respondents, 35 percent were trained primary care doctors. Half of the respondents said their practices were “mixed/integrative," suggesting that while they may still use conventional drug therapies, they are open to alternatives. The survey found:
· Ninety-five percent of practitioners are recommending some supplements as a part of their routine practices;
· Willingness to recommend omega-3s is high (88 percent), with 35 percent reporting they always recommend them, and 53 frequently recommend them. Only 2 percent never recommend them;
· Heart health is the top reason the respondents recommended omega-3s (82 percent). Other reasons are inflammation reduction (81 percent), cognitive/mood effects (80 percent) and joint health (65 percent);
· “Fatty acid composition" is the most important selection of criterion for omega-3s (74 percent). Other important criterion are organic (56 percent), non-GMO, (55 percent) and sustainable (46 percent);
· Practitioners do not reactive negatively to studies as much as consumers; 68 percent said their omega-3 recommendations have not changed in the past year when several negative omega-3 studies werereleased. Twenty-nine percent said they recommend omega-3s more and only 3 percent are recommending them less.
Another study published in May found Aker BioMarine’s krill oil was more effective than fish oil.