5 Myths about Supplements Dispelled
Thank you to Liza Pascale, who worded this so beautifully..
It can be hard to afford or source every single ingredient you need to enjoy a truly balanced diet. What’s more, if food is grown in a sub-standard environment its nutritional quality can be low.
Luckily, you can fill the gaps in your diet with natural supplements that provide the essential building blocks your body needs for wellbeing. There are many myths about health supplements that spread misinformation. Here are five of these myths dispelled:
- ‘You can get all the nutrients you need from food’
It’s true, almost every nutrient the body needs can be found in one or another natural food product. But to get your recommended daily intake could you eat thirty pounds of spinach or a whole bag of pumpkin seeds? Natural Supplements provide all that you need in condensed form, saving you effort and expense.
- ‘You just pass the vitamins you take when you wee’
This is true in a way: Because our bodies are smart at absorbing the nutrients they need, surplus vitamins such as excess vitamin C are eliminated by the kidneys. Think about water: the more you drink, the better hydrated you will be (but the more frequently you will need to go to the bathroom). Even though your body is getting rid of excess fluid, there is still a health benefit to increasing your intake. The same goes for vitamins.
- ‘All vitamins are the same so just buy the cheapest’
Unfortunately, it’s not this simple. There are some manufacturers that are less scrupulous and are less strict with labelling and manufacturing procedures. High-quality vitamins made from the best ingredients are preferable.
- ‘One pill a day is all you need’
Although a multivitamin can provide many of your essential nutrients in one supplement, some supplements are better to take earlier and some later in the day. What’s more, a single supplement might not include absolutely everything – often a combination of supplements is most comprehensive.
- You don’t need to take more than the Recommended Daily Allowance
The RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance was created by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) during World War Two. It was expressly designed to address nutrient deficiency in soldiers, and it hasn’t been updated regularly. It’s best to speak to your GP and nutrition expert to work out a supplement plan that meets your unique health needs.