It also claims that these fake products which are widely circulated across the markets are extremely difficult to identify.
According to the study vitamins and minerals account for a major share of about 40% in the Indian dietary supplement market. This is followed by 30% for herbal supplements, 10% for probiotic, 5% for omega-3 fatty acids. The remaining 15% for proteins, amino acids and other necessary supplements.
These supplements which are in different forms including tablets, capsules, soft gels, gel caps, liquids and powders are readily available over the counter in chemist shops are largely sold unregulated in India.
The market for dietary supplements in India is currently estimated to be of nearly two billion USD and is likely to double to 4 billion USD by the year 2020.