More and more consumers are choosing to augment their diets with supplements. In 2018 the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) engaged with social research experts Ipsos to conduct a consumer survey on dietary supplements. The survey found that since 2009, supplement use in US adults increased from 65 percent to 75 percent.
So what products are health conscious consumers using to compliment their wellness regimes? We take a look at some of the reasons consumers are turning to vitality supplements such as multi-vitamins, nootropics and testosterone boosters.
You may well come back from your grocery shopping with bags fit to burst with amazing looking fresh fruit and vegetables … but are they as good as they look?
Long term studies into the nutritional content of vegetables do not make encouraging reading. A meta-study combined the findings of separate research and discovered that there had been a significant decline in the vitamin and mineral content of fresh fruit and vegetables over the last 50 years.
Particularly affected were protein, calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iron and vitamin C. This has been attributed to soil degradation, farming techniques and fertilizers.
So even if you think you are eating healthily, depending on where your fresh produce was grown, you may not be getting the nutrients you thought you were.
Illness, ageing western populations and psychological stress are contributory factors which can necessitate supplementation for your dietary routine. If you are working long hours it is difficult to find the time to prepare fresh food, and all too easy to turn to convenience foods or takeaway.
Nutritionally questionable, and filled with preservatives and salt , anybody with a diet high in convenience food would be well advised to add additional nutrients into their diet through vitality boosting supplements.
Restrictive diets such as vegetarian and ketogenic diets lack important nutrients. The former, for example, can lack zinc, iron, vitamin B12, and calcium. Taking regulated dosage of vitality supplements can help shore up the dietary shortfall in vitamins and minerals,
Research done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003 and 2006 concluded that 44% of people who don’t partake multivitamin supplements were at risk of having nutritional deficiencies.
On the contrary, only 16% of those taking multivitamin supplements were at risk of lacking nutrients in their bodies.
Safety Considerations when stacking Supplements
Consumers who use supplements will invariably acquire a ‘stack’ or mix of different supplements from different manufacturers. The cause potential problems when there is an overlap in the ingredients, and consumers should beware of this.
Don’t expect supplement manufacturers to help you out here either. Rarely will the customer support for any supplement company get involved with advice on stacks of products, or mixing their products with those from another manufacturer.
You are obliged to work it out for yourself. Read the labels, look for overlaps in the ingredients that might take you over the tolerability threshold.
If you are stacking supplements, get to know the limits. Remember, if you are worried about breaching safe thresholds there is nothing to stop you taking slightly less of a supplement than the recommended dose. Always read the labels, research products and their ingredients, and err on the side of caution.