Nutrition Supplements- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

Supplements – an increasingly dubious product masses spend a ridiculous amount of money on.

It doesn’t mean you should do the same! Let’s review several reasons why most dietary supplements are a waste of your time and money.

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Most adults in the United States have reported taking a dietary supplement on a regular basis or every day. How are supplement companies so successful? This happens because of advertising in magazines, ads in health clubs that allow juice bars to sell their products. Through less informed trainers who advocate the use of supplements.
I will not mention names, but any fitness magazine that pushes supplements was created solely for that reason. To push supplement, not help you with your fitness endeavours. It is shocking, but Americans spend more than $30 billion per year on dietary supplements!

You do not need supplements

As the name implies, supplements are intended to supplement but not replace healthy food choices. Yeah, popping a pill full of “vegetables” or having a “scoop of protein” is easier than obtaining the same nutrients from food. But at what cost to you, both anatomically and financially, this happens? Supplements are not cheap, and the “really good ones” cost an arm and leg! 

Consider your anatomy and the way your body works. Your body naturally produces chemicals like creatine, melatonin, testosterone, etc.. So why add more if you don’t have a special circumstance as being treated by a medical doctor?

The more you supplement, the more your body becomes dependent on this supplement. As a result, your body will slow production of the natural version of this supplement! It can even even quit this production of nutrients.

 

As stated previously, there are circumstances when a dietary supplement is helpful. Though, intake normally happens in conjunction with treatment of a diagnosed nutrient deficiency. For example, iron is given to anemic individuals, omega-3 for heart disease patients who do not eat fish, and so on.

Toxicity – Real Danger Here People!

More is not always better. Somehow consumers tend to think that supplement that provides 100% of their “daily need” is awesome. Even more, supplement providing 1000% is 100 times better. News flash that it would only be 10 times better, but the truth is – supplements do not work this way!

Please, send me scientifically based research showing megadoses of supplements increase your health. You won’t find it! Data supporting mega-dosing does not exist. In fact, mega-dosing could lead to a toxic environment within your body. Even vitamins can be toxic in large amounts!

Revealing Underlying Health Conditions…What?

If you are already on medication for a health condition, be very cautious of any supplement! Supplements can harm people who have specific underlying health conditions, or those who take prescription medications for diagnosed health conditions.

Pregnant? Nursing?

Seriously, if you are pregnant or nursing be exceptionally cautious with supplements, including

the “healthy” herbal supplements. Taking prenatal vitamins with iron and folic acid are recommended to most during pregnancy. Though, other chemicals added to supplements may cross the placenta, or pass through in your breast milk. As a result they could be a danger to your unborn baby or infant.
Think about it, companies test their supplement on fit individuals, overweight individuals, athletes. However, most supplements have not been tested on pregnant and nursing women. Especially, on infants and small children (and never should be). Hence, this demographic should avoid taking them.

Beware of the Unknown!

Active ingredients and amounts are largely unknown in most supplements, if not all. Supplement manufacturers are not required to disclose the amounts of ingredients or the exact ingredients in their products. Next time you find yourself looking at a supplement, look to try and find these words “proprietary blend.” This is a typical supplement company trick to hide what is in the product through “protecting” their “proprietary blend” of secret ingredients. Mind blown? Should be!

Natural Means Nothing to Me, Seriously!

Remember reading “Beware of the Unknown” a second ago? Well, you should also beware of the “Nothing” inside some herbal supplements. Yeah, I meant nothing! Some herbal supplements have no active ingredients. You are literally purchasing “nothing in a bottle” congratulations! Nine times out of ten, the word natural (in the supplement industry) means absolutely nothing!

The appeal of a natural supplement is that the supplement is from mother nature, and is not artificially fabricated. Talk about irony! A vast majority of dietary supplements are created synthetically, in a laboratory environment. Moreover, they contain zero naturally occurring ingredients. Yep!

So why are we so hell-bound on buying these supplements? Marketing jargon and cool catchphrases!

For example: “medical grade,” “high potency,” and my personal favourite, “Prescription strength!”. Don’t be fooled people, these words mean one thing, money!

What Have We Learned Today?

1. Be cautious, unless medically prescribed.

2. Optimal health does not come from pills and potions.

3. Hard work and dedication will save you money, and possible health complications.

What do you think?