There is a lot of controversial information and studies about supplements which may confuse people. Are they necessary? Which brands should I use? Is there any harm in taking them? As you all know I consume supplements but my intake of vitamins has reduced as I have studied about supplements. I wrote about in here.
In my opinion some supplements might give you extra boost if you live a stressful life and you are very active (this meaning working out a lot) and in some cases like if your diet is dairy-free, then definitely you should take calcium, or if you are a vegetarian, you need vitaminB12 and in the northern countries you need vitamin D. Besides these, there are a lot of studies about the benefits of taking probiotics to ensure your gut health. Studies about the importance of gut health has increased tremendously within last ten years. However, on other cases there are a few things you should consider before taking any supplements.
Some people may think that it won’t hurt you if you take this supplement without doing any research. You should never take supplements based on this belief! If you take a supplement, there should be a reason behind it! Although there might be studies about singular supplement, but by taking numerous supplements you never know how they react together. Supplements can harm you because there aren’t really scientific researches on the combination of supplements: if you consume 4 to 6 different supplements who know how they react together? Also, some supplements may include harmful other side ingredients. Always invest in a quality brand! Usually in the EU area the laws and regulations are stricter than in the USA.
As mentioned above, there isn’t long-term studies on supplements. If you consume high amounts of supplements for a long period of time, you will put a strain on your liver.
When buying supplements, trust your common sense. If the product sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Lastly, before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself:
- What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product?
- What are its potential benefits for me?
- Does this product have any safety risks?
- What is the proper dose to take?
- How, when, and for how long should I take it?
These questions are taken from here.
For more information about certain supplements, visit these reliable pages:
Office of Dietary Supplements, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine or Food and Drug Administration.
Until next time,