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Busting Myths about Supplements

For a long time, both natural and scientifically designed supplements have been in use in addition to regular diet. Supplements can provide essential nutrients to the body when it is deficient and is unable to obtain normally. Age also reduces the body’s ability to make its own nutrients and absorb them from food, hence, the supplements provide compensate the requirement. Nowadays, supplements are also being used as part of diets. For example, the HCG supplement is added in the second phase of the HCG diet and there are certain keto friendly supplements too.

Myths about Supplements

Some people avoid nutritional and dietary supplements or use them too liberally. Such behaviors are common because certain myths circulating about them. In today’s post, we explain some of these myths and reveal the truth:

  • One of the most common myths about supplements is that they are believed to be approved by the FDA, which is the Food and Drug Administration of America. However, the truth is that FDA does not have to be proved safe by the FDA before they come to market. Instead, their role begins after when the companies report the adverse effects. The FDA can then take an action to either continue it or remove it from the market

  • People believe that the more supplements they consume, the better their health will become. However, an excess of everything is bad. Supplements should only be taken as prescribed by a medical professional or mentioned on the label. Too many nutrients can also lead to toxicity, which is counter-productive to the actual use of supplements

  • Most people will blindly believe the list and amount of nutrients mentioned on the label of the supplement. Some supplements that claim to contain 100 per cent of your RDA needs may only actually contain 10 per cent. It is suggested to use supplements that have been through third-party testing

  • Nutrients in one supplement do not have to be the same as in another. For example, the calcium in one can be different from the calcium in the other. Same nutrients can exist in different forms. And one form can be more absorbable than the other

  • It is wrong to believe that supplements can never interact with any drugs you might be taking. Several supplements, especially those that are herbal in nature can interfere with medications. This can produce adverse reactions as well as make the medications less effective

Should You Take Supplements?

There are many other myths similar to those mentioned above. Does this mean that nobody should take supplements? Of course, that is not the answer. Nutritional supplements can be quite beneficial but only when used the right way. The best way to proceed with nutritional or dietary supplements is to seek a doctor’s advice. A medical professional has the experience to confirm what your body requires and which supplement can be most suitable.

Never buy supplements from unreliable sources. They should always be taken based on expert medical advice.