The Pros and Cons of Supplements: What You Should Know

The Pros and Cons of Supplements: What You Should Know

Dietary supplements have been around for ages. Scientific evidence shows that some supplements are beneficial to enhancing your diet if you don’t regularly eat a nutritious variety of foods.

Commonly Used Supplements

Although multivitamins exist, there are a variety of supplement options geared specifically towards people based on gender, age and general bill of health. Let’s explore some of the more commonly used supplements.

  • CoQ10: CoQ10 is an antioxidant. Patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) have found an association between taking CoQ10 and improved heart function.
  • Vitamin D and Calcium: Vitamin D is very difficult to get naturally through diet. Combined with calcium it promotes bone strength and can help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Fish Oil (Omega-3): It gives your body energy and can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering your triglycerides.
  • Glucosamine: A natural joint pain reducer and great for fitness enthusiasts.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium can induce muscle relaxation and aid in constipation.
  • B-Complex: A collection of vitamins that help with an array of issues. For instance, B12 helps to regulate the nervous system and may help with memory loss and/or fatigue.

Quality

The FDA has established standards that help ensure the manufacturer’s identity as well as the purity, strength, and composition of the supplement. Also, several independent organizations provide companies with a seal of approval that the product was properly manufactured. These seals assure consumers that the supplement contains the list of ingredients and doesn’t contain any harmful contaminants. Below are three seals recommended by The National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Audit your supplement intake with your health care provider

It’s a good idea to have a medical doctor evaluate your prescription medications and supplements regularly. This can help in determining if there may be a possible adverse interaction between a supplement you may be taking and your prescribed medications. Also, You may be over buying or inadvertently doubling up on a vitamin and not even know it.

When you go to your appointment with your doctor, be sure to bring all your medications and supplements with you. A complete list or pictures of the front and back of each bottle on your phone will work too. Be sure to include the specific product name, dose, how often you take it and the reason why you use each one.

Overall, nutritional supplements can have an array of benefits as long as you’re careful and selective with regards to their consumption. Supplements alone will not be a sufficient way to fix health issues and an unhealthy lifestyle. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet full of plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains and protein to ensure you are providing your body with healthy nutrients.

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