Dietary supplements can be described as substances we consume via eat or drink. They include, but are not limited to minerals, amino acids and vitamins. The dietary supplement industry is a multi- billion-dollar business based on research, and most are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Our bodies need certain nutrients to prevent the body from certain deficiency, thus leading to diseases. This need along with weight loss solutions, causes consumers to invest lots of money into purchasing dietary supplements. However, do we really need dietary supplements or is it simply a waste of money?
According to research, many of our plates are lacking a number of essential nutrients in the correct portion which includes vitamin A, C, D, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Due to the lack of these supplements, many of us are forced to open a bottle of supplement to get what we need without even thinking critically.
Unfortunately, ingesting dietary supplements doesn’t guarantee improved health. Some supplements contribute to diverse side effects if not properly portioned prior to consumption. Therefore, ask yourself before purchasing do you really need dietary supplements or is it just a business? Until then, be judicious about your use of supplements. If you’re lacking in a particular nutrient, ask your doctor whether you need to look beyond your diet to make up for what you’re missing. If needed, don not take more than the recommended daily intake for that nutrient unless your health care provider advises it.
For more information regarding supplements, please contact your local health care provider or nutritionist.
Written by Sasha-lee Moodie
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