I can think of at least a dozen reasons for taking supplements. As you read through the list, ask yourself if any of the reasons are applicable in your case. If the answer is yes, you may consider trying out certain supplements. Bear in mind that the purpose of a supplement is to provide the vitamins, minerals, and/or amino acids that may be missing from your diet. You should only consider taking supplements after you have a healthy diet plan. Whole foods contain a complex variety of nutrients and phytochemicals that enhance micronutrient absorption to promote greater health benefits than supplements. Also, please understand that supplements are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Association) and therefore the claims made on the label may not be accurate or true. It is illegal for a supplement to make a "structure" or "function" claim (e.g., prevents heart disease, reduces blood pressure, etc.) on its label. The FDA does not approve of such claims without independent clinical substantiation. Only drugs can legally make claims that a product can "diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."
Here are some of the reasons for taking supplements:
Of course there are risks and benefits of taking supplements:
If you are interested in trying a supplement, here are some strategies you should consider before choosing:
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.