Now days it seems like everyone is taking some kind of dietary supplement. Some take them to feel better while others take them to reduce pain. Regardless of the reason taking a supplement is starting to become a new cultural norm. Many people take supplements to make sure they are getting essential nutrients to maintain or improve health. Carol Haggans registered dietician and consultant to News in Health stated that, “supplements can fulfill gaps in your diet as well as promote optimal health.”
It can come as a surprise to many that the FDA regulates dietary supplements as FOODS, and not as drugs. This is because they are not meant to cure, treat, or prevent already acquired diseases. However, evidence does suggest that taking a daily supplement has the ability to enhance ones overall health (Stanford Medical). Common supplements include vitamins, minerals, and herbal products known as botanicals. Some of the most popular health enhancing supplements are:
- Calcium Supplements- Helps support bone health.
- Vitamins B, C, and D- Help to prevent cell damage.
- Fish Oil- Promotes health heart.
Take time researching different dietary supplements to see what kind might work best for you, and also consultant with a health care professional before trying any new supplement. While looking for the right supplement for you it is important to remember that “natural” does not always mean healthy!!