ABC Publishes Top Herbs of 2011


Leading ingredients included cranberry, aloe, and turmeric.

The American Botanical Council (Austin, TX) has made available new data on 2011’s top-selling herbal dietary supplements. Detailed lists and sales statistics are available in the organization’s most recent issue of HerbalGram.

Sales of dietary supplements in the United States last year grew 4.5%, nearing a total of $5.3 billion, according to the report, which compiled data from Nutrition Business Journal, SymphonyIRI, and SPINSscan Natural. Drug stores and natural food stores both saw increased sales, at 3% and 5.5% respectively.

The top five herbs of last year were flaxseed oil, grasses (wheat and barley), turmeric, aloe, and milk thistle, according to SPINS. SymphonyIRI, which utilized some different data, recorded cranberry, soy, saw palmetto, garlic, and ginkgo leaf extract as the leading herbs.

ABC’s new issue of HerbalGram provides a top 40 list from SymphonyIRI and a top 20 list from SPINS.

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