We’re turning six … all thanks to you

Written by Kamal Patel
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2,190. That’s the number of days Examine.com has been around.

It’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come.

When Examine.com first launched in March 2011, it looked pretty different, but had the same focus as today:

Examine.com in 2011

Examine.com today

We started by investigating 7 supplements and had 300 references.

As people started to respond, we grew. We expanded from bodybuilding supplements to fitness supplements. Then, to all supplements. Then, to nutrition.

Today, we have in-depth analyses on 390 supplements, and the site features over 50,000 references!

As we grew, so did our readers. We have Supplement Guides for people who want simple step-by-step instructions for supplementation. We have Examine Plus for people who want to know what works but prefer to figure out the right combinations themselves. And for the serious individuals and professionals who want to stay on top of the latest research, we publish our Nutrition Examination Research Digest.

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see people associate supplement research with Examine.com. All over the internet, from the mainstream media to the most obscure forums and comment sections, whenever someone mentions supplements, someone else links to Examine.com.

We couldn’t have come this far without you, and we thank you for your support.

When we turned five years old, we noted we’d had over 25,000,000 visitors since the site started. In the last twelve months alone, we added another 20,000,000 visitors. Since our average visitor spends 2 minutes on the site, we’re looking at 40,000,000 minutes of reading time, total. That’s almost 700,000 hours spent reading the fruits of our research!

The most popular searches on Examine.com:

The most popular supplements across all content:

Fun fact: Last year we said curcumin would be the next trendy supplement, and we were proven right!

Our prediction for the next few trendy supplements:

Like I mentioned, our users have evolved with us. More people are starting to understand that scientific research is more than just a headline or a PubMed entry. It requires a deep understanding of the subject matter and an appreciation of study methodology and statistics.

This has become even more apparent with the all the fuss about #fakenews. We’ve been battling inaccurate supplement and nutrition information for years. We’re incredibly proud of our dedicated team that covers the entire breadth and depth of research to ensure that everything we publish is accurate and appropriately nuanced.

As we continue to grow, so does our message across the mainstream. We’re starting to reach the point where major publications use us as references without even contacting us beforehand, trusting that our analyses are accurate.

We couldn’t have done any of this without you. So thank you, truly. Your support is what drives us to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date supplement and nutrition information available anywhere.