Myths About My Body: Supplements
Are there supplements I should definitely take or can I avoid them altogether with a good diet? Does that change through different ages?
This is a great question, as many people take a plethora of supplements. I prefer that my patients get their nutrients through food if possible. Why? Healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables and whole grains, contain an abundance of nutrients. I don’t tend to recommend supplements ~ I don’t think that the magic is with individual nutrients, but rather when they work together. With that said, sometimes it is beneficial to take a supplement, i.e. if you have osteopenia – weakened bones – then calcium and vitamin D are helpful. Unless you are really mindful of how much of these you are getting through your diet, it might just be simpler to take supplements. Regardless of what you decide to do, remember that supplements are not regulated like regular medications in this country. Therefore, it is important to know the source of what you are taking so you can be sure of its quality.