Supplements, Do You Need Them?
Dietary supplements are commonly taken by people either daily or occasionally. It is believed by many to be an affordable way to stay healthy and keep the doctor away. But have you stopped for a second at any time to ask yourself or anyone at all or even your doctor if you really need them? Because unlike drugs, supplements do not prevent, treat or cure diseases. Well, without further ado, let’s find out if you do really need them.
What are supplements really?
Dietary supplements are simply products taken to adjunct one’s diet. They are available in pill, capsule, powder, tinctures, gel tablets, and liquid forms. The commonly taken dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and certain botanicals. The nutrients they provide are extracted either from natural substances or produced from synthetic substances. Unlike drugs, dietary supplements do not need a prescription and can be easily gotten over the counter. However, they promise something too, it could be weight loss, better skin, longer hair, reduction in bone pain and sometimes even smartness. Many people still consider these benefits as overly exaggerated.
Do you need them?
In the time past when all the humans could get all their daily nutritional needs from the food they consumed, there really was no need for dietary supplements. Today, food production is not like it used to be. With many refined and GMO food products, it is believed that many of the food substances consumed do not contain enough nutrients and as such, dietary supplements are needed. So, dietary supplements are taken to ensure we get enough essential nutrients that we need.
Certain health conditions also require that dietary supplements are taken. Nursing mothers need to consume enough iron as breastfed infants need it. People suffering from arthritis have to take glucosamine and fish oil to relieve them of joint pain. Vitamin C is commonly taken to prevent flu and cold as it acts as an antioxidant in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids support heart health, vitamin A improves vision and zinc helps in improving immunity. All this says that you need them as your dietary complements.
Do they pose any health threat?
Now that you know that you need dietary supplements, it is important that you are aware if they pose any health threat too. Although we do not need prescription, it is advised that you consult with your doctor before you start taking any at all. Not all supplements are safe for you as there is no strict regulation ensuring their safety. If for any reason you are unable to consult with your doctor, ensure you read the labels. Check the daily value for your age, the ingredients and ensure you check if there are restrictions for certain people suffering from an ailment. It is also important that you avoid botanicals as many of them have been found to damage certain organs in the body.
Supplements, do you need them? Yes, but you should take them with caution.