Factors affecting consumers’ decisions on the use of nutraceuticals: a systematic review

Siew Li Teoh, Surachat Ngorsuraches, Nai Ming Lai, Mukdarut Bangpan, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk

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There is a high and increasing global prevalence of nutraceuticals use. This study aims to systematically review and critically appraise all available evidence to identify the factors affecting consumers’ decisions in taking nutraceuticals. Questionnaire, interview or focus group studies which directly reported factors affecting consumers’ decisions in using nutraceuticals were included. A thematic synthesis method was employed to synthesis the findings from the included studies. Out of the 76 studies included, the key factors identified as the most important factors motivating consumers to take nutraceuticals were the perceived health benefits and safety of nutraceuticals, as well as the advice from healthcare professionals, friends and family. The identified barriers to take nutraceuticals were a lack of belief in the health benefit of nutraceuticals, the high cost of nutraceuticals and consumers’ lack of knowledge about nutraceuticals. As a chief course of recommendation for the use of nutraceuticals, healthcare professionals should strive to utilise reliable information from clinical evidence to help consumers in making an informed decision in using nutraceuticals. Future studies should explore the possible ways to improve channelling clinical evidence information of nutraceuticals to the public.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-512
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2019


  • barrier
  • consumer
  • dietary supplement
  • functional food
  • motivation
  • Nutraceuticals
  • systematic review

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