According to the national union Synadiet, 82% of just over 2000 French people surveyed say they have changed their habits in the last 12 months in order to maintain their health and that of their loved ones.
The effects of coronavirus also caused 62% of this sample to pay more attention to their health with the majority putting in place a series of actions to support their immune system in response.
These actions include better nutrition (53%), better hygiene (53%), consumption of food supplements and natural health products (36%).
“Health is a precious commodity, the imperative to maintain it is increasingly felt in the population,” says phytotherapist Dr Michel Tourrasse.
“The health crisis has led many of us to take to step back, to review our priorities and to question ourselves in particular on our impact on the planet and on our personal care. The crisis is a trend accelerator.”
The survey, which focuses on the use of supplements, also reveals the types of food supplements and natural health products, French consumers are drawn to, as the survey reveals of the 68% of those trying these products in the last 12 months, 37% opted for vitamins and minerals.
In addition, 34% of consumers tried beehive-based products such as royal jelly and propolis, whilst 28% tried omega 3,6 and 9-based supplements.
Botanicals & probiotics
Meanwhile, botanical-based supplements were tried by 23% of the sample population and probiotics were purchased by 17% of the 2000 or so sampled individuals.
The results correlate well to a recent survey of Italian consumers that also serves to gauge their reaction and response to the coronavirus.