Health & Dietary Supplements, Do we need them?

From online companies to the high street, it has never been easier to purchase dietary supplements. These are anything from vitamin tablets and minerals to specific amino acids and herbal supplements.

The main aim of these supplements is to make up deficiencies in your diet or to aid with a specific health issue.

The problems with supplements though is that they are taken without any medical supervision, and as every person is slightly different, people’s reactions can be very different. What is good for one, isn’t necessarily good for everybody.

Let’s take an iron supplement for example; if you are deficient in iron then these can of course benefit you, but a doctor would test iron levels before prescribing it. You also have to realise that excess iron can cause health issues to, so taking without testing isn’t risk free. The same is true for practically all supplements.

I know some people have a distrust of the medical industry or “Big Pharma” but please do realise that these are heavily regulated, tested, are legally liable for their products and are held up to medical scrutiny. “Little Pharma” or Joe Bloggs advice on the internet is not.

So if you are looking for advice on supplements and vitamins, seek the advice of reputable professionals. To be honest, a good well balanced diet should prevent the need for supplements. It is only the more restrictive diets that can cause deficiencies or underlying medical issues, in which case you really should take the advice of a medical professional.

Vitamin D3, Magesium, Omega 3 and Probiotics are the most commonly advised supplements amongst health professionals.

As mentioned above you shouldn’t even take my advise on these. But, because they are worth further research I recommend looking them up on the NHS website for further information and recommendations.

Good reading and health to you all.

Andy Chappell-Lewis