Everything You Need to Know About Vitamins and Supplements


Everything You Need to Know About Vitamins and Supplements

Consuming a balanced diet composed of fresh, whole and organic foods is the best health strategy that everyone should implement. However, not everyone is able to eat healthy at all times. For example, some people, despite their best effort, are unable to prepare home-cooked meals daily, meaning they sometimes have to resort to processed foods or restaurant meals.

Another reason is that there is problem with our current food supply – something that many health experts refuse to consider. Due to poor agriculture practices, plus the abundance of toxic pollutants in soils and waterways, the food we’re consuming right now is no longer as nutritious as it was many generations ago.

In both these cases, taking a supplement may be a wise decision.

Supplements: Significantly Safer Than Pharmaceutical Drugs

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the question of whether you should or should not take a supplement. Nutritional supplements – provided you’re choosing high-quality varieties – can be an ideal complement to a healthy lifestyle, as they allow you to obtain the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants that you need to maintain optimal body functions.

However, there are experts who claim that supplements, like prescription drugs, should be closely and stringently regulated. But the truth is that most vitamins and herbal supplements are significantly safer than pharmaceutical medications.

Even when properly prescribed, pharmaceutical medications kill over 100,000 people each year, while vitamins have not caused a single death in 27 years. In fact, supplements have one of the safest track records of any consumable product on the market.

Nevertheless, as a smart consumer, you should still be extremely vigilant when buying and taking any supplement – here’s why.

Be Warned: Not All Supplements Are Good (or Even Effective) for You

Weight loss supplements are particularly notorious for producing negative publicity for the supplement industry. Not only are these generally ineffective, but they can put your health at risk as well. Yet manufacturers continue to sell these "miracle pills" for profit’s sake – but at the expense of people’s health.

Muscle-building supplements, high-energy products and sexual “boosters” are also linked to certain side effects, unfortunately putting supplements in a negative light.

Take note that supplements that are known for being hazardous are those that are typically "spiked" with some form of pharmaceutical drug or synthetic ingredient. With very few exceptions, it's not the natural vitamin or herb in itself that is shown to be dangerous.

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So with the abundance of supplements out there, how do you know which ones are truly beneficial for you and which ones are only marketing fads, or worse, potentially dangerous for you?

I’ve put together this comprehensive resource to help keep you informed about vitamins and supplements that are being marketed today. Discover all the important facts about supplements, their mechanisms of action and proven benefits, recommended dosage and potential side effects.

And because not all supplements sold today are good for you, as mentioned above, I’ve also included information on particular ones that have been riddled with controversies and may have potentially damaging effects – so you can stay away from them.

Read the Label Carefully Before Taking Any Supplement

If ever you choose to take a supplement to complement your diet, please read the label thoroughly before using it and only take the recommended dosage. Do not, for any reason, take more than the prescribed dose and if you experience side effects after taking a supplement, stop taking it immediately.

If you are suffering from any illness or taking any medication, I advise you to consult a physician before resorting to any kind of supplementation, as there are certain supplements may come with contraindications. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children should not take any type of supplement without the approval of their physician.

A Wholesome Diet, Along With Healthy Lifestyle Habits, Is Still the Best Way to Optimize Your Health

Again, let me reiterate my stance on proper nutrition: As much as possible, wholesome, organic foods should be your primary source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Supplements should only be a complementary health strategy.

Remember that no supplement, no matter how high-quality or properly manufactured, can take the place of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

About Dr. Mercola:

Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician who first opened his practice outside Chicago, Illinois, in 1986, and has treated over 20,000 patients. In 1997, he established Mercola.com, now the #1 Natural Health site, where he continues to provide useful health and medical resources.

Dr. Mercola has authored three New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, No-Grain Diet and Effortless Healing. He has also been featured in numerous publications and TV programs, like TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, ABC News, Fox News and the Dr. Oz Show.