Supplements or no supplements??

Supplements, these are consumed in order to provide one with nutrients that they may not get from their normal diet or may be lacking in.
Is it really necessary for them though? I mean is it not easier for an individual to simply change their diet in order to fulfil their nutrient needs? Should one not aim to have a ‘balanced diet’ rather than consume supplements in order to replace actual food benefits. An individual that has a ‘balanced diet’, which is one that satisfies all nutrient requirements, does not need to take supplements. So this leaves me thinking…what is the real need for supplements other than replacing food? One could argue that they do not like/eat certain foods containing essential nutrients to the diet, however other than certain cases such as pregnancy, this can be worked around as nutrients are found in a wide range and variety of different foods.
Are these supplements taking away from the natural way of obtaining our nutrients or is it simply helpful, handier, healthier and the way to go? Im sitting on the fence on this one myself.
Certain supplements are proven to have positive effects on one’s health, some negative and others no effect at all.
For example, the taking of Vitamin E supplements by men, was proven to actually increase the males chance of developing prostate cancer. Other supplements such as chrondrotin that many people take in order to relieve joint pain has also been proven to have no benefit on a person at all.
In the USA , dietary supplements are categorized as a food, however this is not the case for the rest as the world as supplements, tablets, drugs and other words are used to categorize these nutrient supplements.
The taking of dietary supplements requires knowledge and therefore you should consult your doctor before you begin taking them as they can cause problems such as over consumption especially of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals leading to more health problems such as build up in the body and also can cause problems if mixed with other medication or drugs.

So supplements…. Are they for you? Do you really need to take them? Are they benefiting you and your health? Have you consulted with your doctor/medical professional? Is taking supplements taking from you having a ‘balanced diet’ ? All these questions float around in my head . And I’m not left feeling satisfied I know enough about the advantages and disadvantages of taking dietary supplements. Im not saying I have never took dietary supplements before, however Im definitely guilty of taking such supplements merely because I was advised to. I definitely didn’t notice a difference from taking them and never checked with my doctor to see if they were having effect either.
So while I may not provide much information on the advantages and disadvantages remember just to have a little think at the questions that float around in my head and see if your mind is changed next time your in the drugstore!

If you need a little help on the taking of supplements or before you embark on taking them have a look at this link for some helpful information http://www.nutrition.gov/dietary-supplements/questions-ask-taking-vitamin-and-mineral-supplements .

Till next time ..:)

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