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According to a study by consumer labs about 24% of people who use supplements get them at the pharmacy. Some people think that you should only take supplements in case of a deficiency, but others swear by them.   Here are 5 of the most popular on the market today, and may be things you can […]

According to a study by consumer labs about 24% of people who use supplements get them at the pharmacy. Some people think that you should only take supplements in case of a deficiency, but others swear by them.   Here are 5 of the most popular on the market today, and may be things you can focus on to increase sales if you think they can help your clients.

Fish oil

Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements on the market right now.  Most people don’t get enough seafood, and this provides them with omega 3 fatty acids that our body doesn’t produce naturally. The benefits of fish oil range all over the map with research saying that it helps with brain function, body growth and development, and disease prevention.

One of the big issues with fish oil is the freshness of the tablets, they do spoil in direct sun so make sure you put them in an area of the store that is not directly hit by a window.  The tablets also act as a blood thinner, so if the client is on aspirin or an another blood thinner its not a great idea. Also occasionally you might get the fish oil burps, a quick hint you can give your clients is to freeze them to prevent that from happening.

Multi Vitamins

Should your clients be taking a multi vitamin?  If you eat a healthy diet all the time, then no, you shouldn’t.  If your like me though and like to spurge on occasion and go back and forth on your healthy eating habits, then it provides a nice back up plan once you get in the habit of taking one to cover all your nutritional needs.  Your clients are probably the same so it make since to find the one that you like best as a pharmacist and recommend it to your clients.

Vitamin D

If your looking for a single vitamin, it seems that the sunshine one is the best to take.  When I went in for my yearly physical it was the one thing that I was really low in and they recommended I pick some up.  For stores in the south and southwest there may not be much need for this, but the rest of us where we get 3-4 months of cold wet weather every year promoting this supplement might help your sales and your client.  Your supposed to get 400-1,000 iu daily and it helps out with healthy bones and teeth and helps protect against cancer, diabetes and even the flu!

CoQ10

I had never heard of this supplement till I started to do a little research on this topic, but apparently this is the hot new supplement on the market.  CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in your body and is used for cell growth and maintenance.  There have been claims that it helps with things from hearth problems to cancer.  I am not a scientist so can’t verify the claims, but it is very popular right now, and if you do some research on it and think it might help some of your clients out, recommend it to them!

Calcium:

The average person should be getting between 1000-2000 mg of calcium each day, if you’re clients are milk drinkers or eat a lot bread or cereal then they probably have this handled as those products are usually fortified with calcium, if your like me and do not drink a lot of milk or eat a lot of bread, a calcium supplement may be right for you.  Might be a good supplement to suggest to a client if they are recovering from a break or fracture.

Supplements can be great sellers for your pharmacy, and it is nice to have items that have a single retail transaction.  For some tips on laying out your store click here to see how to best use and lay out your pharmacy space.

 

 

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