Most of us depend on supplements to gain energy. The most common types of supplements are popular in the form of multivitamins, which most of the people choose to consume. Plenty of dietary supplements claim to help you get in shape or lose weight. But are these dietary supplements good for our health? Do they actually help to improve our health?
It is generally said that athletes require a large quantity of exercise supplements which claim to improve users’ strength or endurance. These supplements are said to improve the performance of the athletes by providing them immense strength. Before consuming them, does one consider the ingredients used in exercise supplements? Are they safe to be consumed?
According to a study conducted by doctors at National Institutes of Health(NIH) , the popular Dietary supplements marketed for exercise and athletic performance can’t take the place of a healthy diet, but some might have value for certain types of activity.
Experts say that creatine supplement might help with short bursts of high-intensity activity like sprinting or weight lifting, but not with endurance exercises like distance running or swimming. While antioxidants such as vitamins C and E don’t seem to improve performance.
It is a general perception among people that weight-loss supplements will always be good for their health. But this is not true. Some might actually work and some, like steroids, can be very harmful for the body. Experts claim that most of the manufacturers of weight-loss supplements don’t conduct studies in humans to find out whether their product works and are safe to be used or not. According to them, a common ingredient known as chromium, which is found in weight loss supplements may help people lose a very small amount of weight and body fat, and is safe; but another ingredient, raspberry ketones, haven’t been studied enough to know whether they’re safe or effective.
Consumers must always keep in mind that not all supplements are good for health and some might turn out to be dangerous. It has been seen that many supplements contain more than one ingredient, and these combinations often have not been studied for their safety or effectiveness.
Do not blindly consume a supplement without checking the ingredients and evaluating its effect on the body. People should be encouraged to talk to their health care providers to get advice about dietary supplements.
Getting our nutrients straight from a pill is pretty easy, but supplements don’t necessarily deliver on the promise of better health. Some can even be dangerous, especially when taken in larger-than-recommended quantity. Doctors say that rather than relying on these pills, a better way to gain energy is to take it from the food we eat.