*“Getting all of the nutrients you need simply cannot be done without supplements.” ~ Dr. Steven Gundry
What Are Supplements?
According to News in Health (NIH), “Supplements are available without a prescription and usually come in pill, powder or liquid form. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals. People take these supplements to make sure they get enough essential nutrients and to maintain or improve their health.”
Supplements are not necessary but can aid in overall health. They are not an end-all or be-all for chronic or severe health concerns, but they can help manage some of our health conditions.
The Power of Supplements
Dietary supplements can help us to manage certain health conditions, as well as improve our overall health.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the benefits of certain supplements can lead to the following:
- Calcium and vitamin D help keep bones strong and reduce bone loss.
- Folic acid decreases the risk of certain birth defects.
- Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils might help some people with heart disease.
- A combination of vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin (known as an AREDS formula) may slow down further vision loss in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
It is important to note that the level of supplements taken daily can affect or hinder our overall health. If we overdose, this can lead to problems (even being dangerous).
Always take the proper dosage as prescribed by your doctor. With all the hoopla on the internet and the latest fads and trends, it is essential to be discerning. Meeting with your doctor will help you gauge what supplements work best for you.
Harvard Health recommend, “Before you take any supplements for disease prevention, it’s important to know whether the potential benefits outweigh the risks. To make that conclusion, you need to look at the results of well-designed studies. A recent randomized trial in men suggested multivitamins have possible benefits for cancer prevention. For many of the other popular supplements, including vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, results from randomized controlled trials should be available within the next five years, according to Dr. Manson.”
Next Steps to Finding the Right Supplements
Now that we have reviewed what supplements do, it is time to figure out what supplements are right for you.
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