Do We Really Need All Those Supplements?

The average American diet excludes many important essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and D. Additionally, athletes and active people typically need extra nutrients to gain muscle mass or lose body fat. Therefore, it's no wonder that people believe taking supplements will help get the lack of nutrition in their diet and boost their overall health. However, this is a huge misconception fabricated by nutrition manufacturers and their unreliable commercials. As a result, healthy people who already cover their nutritional bases through a balanced diet, believe extra vitamins and minerals will prevent diseases and improve overall health. This is not just a waste of money, but may also hurt and have the opposite effect on your body. If you just eat a fortified cereal and some fruit at breakfast, grab an energy bar before lunch, make enriched pasta with chicken for dinner, and take a daily protein shake, you could easily be over the recommended daily intake of a host of nutrition.

A daily overload of common nutrition, such as vitamin C, magnesium, or zinc is linked to hair loss, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, nerve damage, and even different types of cancer. Additionally, eating more of one mineral than your body needs may stop it from properly absorbing something else. Many American supplements (not validated or certified) on the market are even unhealthy and dangerous! Most supplements contain much higher portions of vitamins and minerals than the daily recommendations which may interfere with nutrient absorption and cause side effects, including cancer and kidney damage. Additionally, many supplement manufacturers overload their products with preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), soy, allergens, and artificial flavors.

You would probably think it couldn't get any worse, however, it's not the case. Many pills and powders also contain drugs and trace minerals. Studies show that several protein and pre-workout supplements (also among famous brands) contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metal, specifically arsenic, cadmium, and lead which increase the risk for heart attacks and is linked to a wider variety of cognitive problems later in life. Although some have been withdrawn from the market, still many supplements are out there produced with little if any quality control. Therefore, a little advice would be to carefully read what your supplement contains, and make sure it is verified and validated before you buy it. When examining the list of ingredients, try to find a product that doesn't have an endless list of ingredients and where the word "organic" is included. Always remember that if anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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