Are Supplements Worth the Money?
today at 1:30 pm
According to an article in the Washington Post, Americans spend $35 billion yearly on supplements. (This includes vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.) We consistently receive information on how taking a particular supplement will improve our health. The advertising and marketing that comes to our attention can seduce us with promises of wonderful results.
This blog is not to encourage or discourage anyone from taking supplements. I take vitamins. My doctor recommended that I take calcium and vitamin D. I wanted to write this blog to encourage you as an individual to consider if you are taking the right supplements and not wasting your time and money or risking your health taking something you should not take.
Some supplements contain ingredients that have a powerful impact on the body. This could make them hazardous to your health. If you take supplements, read the labels to make sure you are aware of all the ingredients included in the product.
Most healthcare professionals believe we should get our vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet; however, some people may need to take supplements to reach the recommended amount of nutrients they need for their bodies. If you are a certain age, vegan, have dietary restrictions, or you have a medical condition that stops your body from absorbing certain nutrients, you may need to take supplements. Supplements should not be used as a substitute for eating a healthy diet. If you take supplements they should be used as the title suggests-a supplement. Avoid taking large doses of any supplement.
Before taking any supplement talk to your doctor. Discuss any possible side effects and interactions with any medications you take.