Where supplements go, a million questions are sure to follow. It’s only fair, given all their bold claims and the potential health risks that come with ‘em! Below, we break down 5 common myths about nutritional supplements to get to the truth. Hopefully this will give concerned and curious consumers some peace of mind!
Everyone could benefit from taking nutritional supplements. How could something specifically designed to serve you vital nutrients not be necessary?! Image via Shutterstock
THE TRUTH: Most people could actually stay in peak health without the help of supplements. As long as you maintain a balanced diet full of nourishing carbs, protein, and fat (watch your macros!), that is! TRY: Green Silo Organic Quinoa (2kg), P1,200, ASAB Organics Raw Almonds (Whole) (100g), P150, The Green Tummy Chia Seeds (140g), P160
Surely “the more, the merrier” applies to all forms of supplements, right? Whether you’re popping fat-burners or omega-3 capsules, your body is bound to love the surplus of vitamins and minerals! Image via Shutterstock
THE TRUTH: Your body can only absorb so much when it comes to these concentrations. Sometimes, going over the recommended doses can even lead to imbalances in your body. But as far as deficiencies go, vitamin D tends to be what most people (not all!) lack. So if you’re gonna take supplements for anything, make it that. TRY: Herbs of the Earth Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2 MK-7 (90 Chewable Tablets), P1,099, Piping Rock High Potency Vitamin D3 5,000 IU (100 Softgels), P560
A common perception among the supplement sceptics is that dietary supplements are generally unregulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and therefore should never be trusted. Image via Shutterstock
THE TRUTH: While it’s smart to approach dietary supplements with caution, they do go through rigorous testing before they hit the shelves. The FDA maintains strict guidelines when it comes to these ingestibles, as they are categorized as ‘food.’ That said, you should still do your own research before taking any supplement, to make sure they’re specifically compatible with you.
Multivitamins can save you even if you have poor diet and exercise habits. They’re magic pills you can pop after every calorific, grease-laden meal, and they’ll make you as healthy as the fittest person you know. Image via Shutterstock
THE TRUTH: Certain multivitamins can help fill in the gaps in your diet, especially if you have a diagnosed deficiency. But they’re not miracle-workers. You’ll still need to pair ‘em with good eating habits and an active lifestyle! TRY: Active Resistance Loop Band Set, P700, Harbinger Pro Speed Rope, P1,499
Supplements are like your doctor-prescribed medicine: you pop ‘em and they immediately do the job they say they’re gonna do. If the buzz around them says they’re a cure-all, then they have to be, right? Image via Shutterstock
THE TRUTH: Er, not really. Unlike the medication your doctor prescribes you to take care of ailments, dietary supplements are much more finicky. For the most part, their ‘effectiveness’ can’t be precisely measured or observed. In short: they won’t always work as advertised.
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