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Practitioners Open to Omega-3s and Other Supplements


New findings show that healthcare practitioners are increasingly open to using omega-3s and other dietary supplements in their clinical practice, according to the results of a survey issued by Aker BioMarine (Issaquah, WA).

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The 14-question survey “How Do Dietary Supplements Fit into YOUR Clinical Practice?,” designed to gauge practitioner knowledge about clinical use of dietary supplements, particularly omega-3s, was sent to physicians, nurses and ancillary healthcare professionals across the U.S.

The 362 respondents represented a wide range of healthcare professionals; more than one-third, or 35 percent, were conventionally trained primary care MDs and DOs. Medical specialists, nurses, naturopathic physicians, nutrition counselors and chiropractors were also included in the sample, reported  Aker BioMarine, adding exactly half of these respondents indicated that their practices are “mixed/integrative,” suggesting that while they may still use conventional drug therapies they are open to other alternatives.

This survey was fielded by Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing and commissioned by Aker BioMarine Antarctic US. According to Erik Goldman, editor, Holistic Primary Care, omega-3s represent one of the most trusted and widely used categories of supplements among healthcare professionals.

“Clinicians recommend them for general wellness and prevention, but also use them to manage heart disease, mood disorders, and inflammatory conditions, said Goldman. “Especially interesting is the finding that almost 30 percent of clinicians are recommending omega-3s more than they were a year ago.”

This practitioner survey is part of a larger education program titled “How to Speak Krill,” reported the company, adding that the pilot program is designed to provide practitioners with the tools they need to help patients make educated decisions about krill and omega-3s.

“As consumer interest in supplements continues to grow, practitioners will need to look at shifting from straight conventional mainstream models to more integrative or mixed approaches to help meet their patients’  needs,” said Becky Wright, marketing director, Aker BioMarine. “This survey reflects the significant growth of mainstream practitioner interest in supplements, with a particular emphasis on omega-3s. Our goal is to help doctors become more knowledgeable about all marine omega-3 options, so they can recommend them with confidence.”

For more information visit, www.akerbiomarine.com.