Life would be so much easier if we could just pop a pill and feel great, amiright!
The body needs essential nutrients to function well and we should get them through eating diverse food such as:
- Seeds that are of good quality and sufficient quantity
Instead, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we just took some vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements?
But, there is little to no scientific evidence for some best-selling supplements that confirms the health benefits they claim to provide.
In the case of vitamin and mineral deficiency and some age-related conditions (like macular degeneration), supplementation might be beneficial; yet, people (some of whom don’t even have a nutritional deficiency) are spending billions of dollars on supplements each year believing that they will improve their wellbeing.
Whilst this post is about how these supplements are ineffective, we don’t mean that in the sense that you don’t need them, but rather that you can get them naturally from your food and nature.
So let’s begin:
In 2016, two clinical trials and a review of 27 past clinical trials conducted by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force were published in the journal called Annals of Internal Medicine.
This study found no evidence that taking multivitamin supplements daily slows down or prevents the progress of cognitive decline or chronic diseases such as cancer and heart diseases opposite popular belief.
The liver helps your body to get rid of toxins and detox supplements mostly help your wallet to get rid of cash.
However if your liver isn’t working, you probably need a hospital and not supplements!
Particularly, stay away from products that promote weight loss after a “15-day colon cleanse” or “10-day detoxification” as they can potentially create chaos in your body and be bad for your overall health.
A well-balanced and consistently healthy diet is the best “cleanse”.
We at Health Form are big proponents of detoxing…but there is a right way and a wrong way.
Check out our detox program review to find out more.
Many people take vitamin B supplements because B vitamins are crucial for the proper functioning of cells, including brain cells.
There are claims that vitamin B supplements can help with age-related memory loss.
However, a study in which 6000 men aged 65 and older were followed for 12 years who took B vitamins daily showed that there was no difference between them and the participants who took placebo.
I.e. there was no difference when it came to their verbal memory and cognitive performance.
The supplement industry argues that the food an average person eats does not contain vitamin C sufficient for our immune system and that’s why we need these supplements, especially when we are fighting a cold.
But by now, at least 15 studies have proven that vitamin C doesn’t treat the common cold.
Low level of vitamin D in the body is associated with autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, and mental health problems.
So, we need to monitor our vitamin D level and ensure it is at an optimal range.
The most effective and natural way to get vitamin D is to expose our skin to the sun as our body makes this vitamin from cholesterol when the ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight hits our skin.
Think about our Paleolithic ancestors spending most of their time outdoors under the sun without sunscreen and vitamin D supplements.
Beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E are some examples of antioxidants who are believed to prolong life by helping the body remove the unstable cell-damaging free radicals who lead to cancer, heart failure, and other serious conditions.
But Danish researchers found that antioxidants not only extend life, they may even cut it short as their study participants who took these three antioxidants tended to have an increased death risk.
It is usually the people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint disease who buy joint supplements to fight with these conditions.
However, the best and most efficient source of the compounds these supplements have are found in bone broth made with knuckle bones, chicken feet, and sulphur-rich vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Zeolite and Clay Toxin-binders
These toxins will stick to the clay or zeolite so the toxin can’t be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. However, they also absorb nutrient metals like magnesium and zinc and potentially causing more harm than good.
Contaminated Creatine Supplements
When you are pursuing bodybuilding or any other type of activity for increasing your body strength you need to be looking for creatine monohydrate to increase your body’s production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which drives your muscles to contract.
But avoid buying creatine supplementary products contaminated with some nasty chemicals as there are tons of them out there.
Sugar-filled Protein Shakes
Similarly to the creatine products contaminated with chemicals, there are protein shakes and bars full of absurd amount of sugar that are more damaging than beneficial.
The FDA recently found that the banned Jack3d supplement contained dimethylamylamine (DMMA) which could narrow the blood vessels causing high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems like shortness of breath or even heart attack.
This product was promoted for increasing energy and metabolism, so before taking their word for granted, it pays to do your own independent research.
Although many supplements won’t have the wanted effect they probably will also not have a negative effect on your health either.
However, there are certain pills that may be contraindicated for some medical conditions or they may react in a combination with some medications.
For that reason, it is wise to always be cautious and consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
Also, have in mind that if what the supplementary product promises sounds too good to be true, then definitely do your research – after all, it is your body.
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