Common Misconceptions About Dietary and Health Supplements

Updated on October 4, 2021

Nutritional and health supplements are a fantastic way for people to ensure that they are getting the right level of nutrients in their bodies. Beyond anything else, these provide a very simple way for people to get those macros and micros, as they usually come in tablet or powder form. There are however some dangers that exist within this world, especially when people start throwing words around like ‘miraculous’. It is important that you take any supplements with safety, and so understanding some of the myths and misconceptions about these products is important. 

The More You Take, The Better The Results

There are absolutely no scientific results that suggest that the more nutrients you will take, the larger the impact they will have. For example, a daily dose of vitamin C has been proven to boost your immune system to ward off pesky colds and infections. With this being said, however, there is no supporting evidence to suggest that large doses of vitamin C will give the immune system a bigger boost than the daily recommended amount. 

If It’s Natural, It Must Be Safe

Another myth which we often hear about is that anything which is natural must be safe. Mark our words there are plenty of plants and shrubs out there which will do you serious damage if you consume them, so the notion that the more natural a product is, the better it is, should be ignored. 

Longevity of a Supplement 

Many people fall into the trap of thinking that if a certain supplement has been used for centuries for a particular problem, then it must work. There are many traditional techniques that we continue to use successfully to this day, but ancient medicine also got a great deal wrong, and we need to bear that in mind. In the current day, we have certainly taken older techniques and treatments and modernized them, and this is in order to keep people safe. 

If It Could Hurt, They Wouldn’t Be Allowed To Sell It

The idea that any product on the shelves is safe for consumption is wrong and a very dangerous thought to have. Every supplement has a recommended dose that must be taken into consideration and there are also recommendations on the back of the product to suggest who shouldn’t be taking these kinds of products. In terms of getting approval, there are many products that can be stocked on shelves without the governmental agency approving them. The agency will step in of course if they are aware of a problem, but they will not be on hand to check out every single claim that a particular supplement makes. 

It is always best that you speak directly with your doctor before you begin to take any nutritional and health supplements. No matter how innocuous the product looks or what you have heard about it, there are always potential dangers out there. Do plenty of research and only take advice from professionals who understand what those dangers may be. 

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