Supplements have been growing in popularity since they were first invented, with more and more people turning to them when they are ill, or simply to fill in the gaps of a supposedly bad diet. However, recent research has brought some important truths about natural supplements to light, showing them in a different light to the one usually used. Supplements are supposed to be able to help with any variety of ailments or problems somebody has, but do they really help as much as we think they do?
More than half of the country takes some form of vitamins on a regular basis, believing them to help. But a dark side to these supplements tells us that the people who manufacture them do not have to follow the guidelines laid down by the FDA with regards to medicines or aid of any kind. This can mean that the people taking vitamins in the hopes of gaining some extra health benefits are being misled as to what is actually in their vitamins, with a greater or lesser detrimental effect to their health. The other side to this is that, with no real regulation attached to the creation of supplements, how can we actually say that they are helping us? Where is the data which gives us evidence to back up their claims?
People take supplements because they hope that they will help, but what if they don’t? With no regulations around supplements, it is entirely possible that whatever the company has provided is not only actively not helping with the problems it was advertised for, but also that it is directly acting against people’s health.The research into this area is still in its infancy, but there is now research which shows that this may be the case more often than not, to the point where people may be actively harming their health by continuing to take supplements and nutrients of uncertain pedigree.
Studies are showing that the benefits which supplements are advertised for are often simply nonsense. People would be much better off simply trying for a more balanced diet and daily life, rather than keeping up unhealthy habits and trying to paper over the cracks in that with supplements. Supplements are a much quicker fix than changing your life, it is true, but at what cost?
Supplements have been shown, in recent years, to have a darker side which is normally hidden as much as possible by the companies who sell them. The question of whether or not supplements actually help is one which has been debated since supplements came on the market, but now that research is backing it up, the questions have become more pointed. If supplements are actively detrimental to your health, then there is absolutely no reason to take them, and in fact you should stop. But if this is the truth which eventually comes out, there might be problems with the people who take them religiously.