There are a vast amount of supplement choices available to the public, it can get very confusing very quickly, and high-quality products are hard to distinguish at face value. With hundreds of options out there, it is not realistic to buy tons of supplements. With that said, it is important emphasize the word “supplement” here: they are meant to supplement, and not replace, consuming healthy foods.
There are five general supplements I recommend to people for general wellness and can cover a wide array of issues:
- Multivitamins (shorthand, for the purposes of this discussion, for a multiple vitamin/ multiple mineral formula)
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin D
The role of supplements is to augment quality of life by providing extra support to various metabolic pathways. Luckily, most people can benefit from specific supplements, as they generally can have the greatest impact in improving health and preventing against the development of chronic diseases.
When it comes to taking supplements, it is important to disclose this information to your healthcare providers. Millions of Americans take dietary supplements, but fail to inform their doctors. Supplements can interact with some medications, so it is important you disclose this information to prevent the chance of negative interactions taking place.
When buying supplements, do not always buy one because it is the cheapest available, as quality can be an issue, as was mentioned earlier. Quality is of utmost importance, so researching companies’ reputations or consulting your healthcare provider for sources is paramount.
You may end up paying a bit more, but you are much more likely to get the results you are seeking. Finally, remember nutritional supplements are meant to do as their name implies: supplement. Do not ever think taking a large portion of supplements will replace healthy eating habits and exercise regimens, because they don’t.
Hope this helps!