Many people have misconceptions about supplements. They believe dietary supplements such as vitamins, botanicals and herbs are sold at random in drug stores, without any prescription. It’s wrong to assume all supplements are over-the-counter pills that are safe to take in high doses. Some supplements feature side-effects, and are not recommended for daily use. Research argues that 1 in 5 Americans takes at least one supplement per day; and in the US people spend over $11 billion on supplements. Truth be told, it is important to include them in our diets especially since deficiencies are incredibly common today.
The majority of healthy adults reap all kinds of benefits from a multivitamin. However, there’s a problem. Too many people take supplements on the assumption that there’s something wrong with their health. They don’t know for sure that their bones need more calcium; or that their bodies need biotin for stronger hair and nails; but they take supplements anyway. If they experience side-effects, they put the blame on the pill and not on themselves for having taken a supplement without a doctor’s approval.
It’s time to dispel the myths concerning supplements! Here are 4 main types you might want to reconsider. But then again, don’t take them at random. Consult a nutritionist or physician before starting a treatment.
Magnesium is a fundamental mineral that the body needs to function properly. Over 350 enzymatic functions need magnesium to regulate the metabolism and control blood pressure. Research shows that adequate quantities of magnesium can help prevent a wealth of common health issues such as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, muscle ache, osteoporosis and insomnia. Nearly 70-80% of people have magnesium deficiency.
Even though there are high amounts of magnesium in beans, leafy greens, and nuts, it’s still not enough. Supplementation is the best source you can get; adrenaline spikes and increased blood pressure persuade cells to consume magnesium faster. That’s one of the main reasons supplements are better than food.
Vitamin D deficiencies are extremely common. Insufficient quantities within the body might lead to cognitive decline, heart disease, and even cancer. Studies have shown that vitamin D supplements give the body an almost instant boost. The immune system is strengthened, which means it is more capable of dealing with common infectious diseases such as the flu. Experts argue that the average individual should include 2,000 UI of this vitamin into their daily diet; but there’s a common reason why many people are not getting enough – they hide from the sun; and the best source of vitamin D is natural light from the sun. 10 to 30 minutes of UV exposure during the day is enough to pump the body with 10,000 UI of vitamin D.
But since many people work in an office they don’t get to enjoy the perks that come with sun exposure. Foods rich in vitamin D are somewhat useless because to get a proper intake, someone would have to drink 30 glasses of milk daily. The only option left is to consider supplementation.
Supplements rich in omega-3 keep the heart healthy, possibly preventing conditions like heart attacks. Fish oil contains two essential compounds – EPA and DHA, which can decrease triglycerides, stabilize heart rhythms, and reduce inflammation. Leaving aside the heart-health benefits of fish oil, it’s worth mentioning that they might also help sharpen the brain, reduce depression and boost overall mood. Some studies claim that these supplements might even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease due to their anti-inflammatory effects.
Probiotics are actually live bacteria meant to help support the body’s digestive system. Often known as “beneficial” or “good” bacteria, probiotics are found naturally in fermented or cultural foods like yogurt and certain types of cheese. Under the form of supplements, probiotics are an excellent way of regulating and stabilizing the digestive system. They also hold the key to a stronger immune system, and in some ways, can fight neurological disorders and mental health illnesses.
Probiotics are responsible for eradicating bad bacteria such as fungi and yeast; they’re in charge of producing vitamin K2 and vitamin B12, and can even create enzymes to eradicate harmful bacteria inside the body. Most people, even kids, need probiotics when taking prescription medication like antibiotics. These kill off probiotics already present in the body, and as a consequence supplementation might be required.
By Alfred Stallion and Supplemented.co.uk!