Many people view taking supplements as a great way to improve health.
And while there's plenty of research indicating supplements help boost various aspects of your health…
Millions of people accept problematic myths about supplements as the “gospel truth”
These supplement myths are shared on Facebook, through email chains, in Natural Health stores, and even by well-meaning health practitioners.
That's not good as believing these myths could have several negative effects. Some of these effects are minor (like costing you extra money). However, others could have adverse effects on your health.
For your wallet's sake (as well as your safety) it's important you know what these myths are and how to avoid them..
BUSTED: 5 Myths About Supplements
Myth #1 - Supplements Will Cure Diseases
A supplement will not cure a disease - and anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or is wildly misinformed. Truth is, there's not a single supplement sold today that can cure diseases.
But guess what? There isn't a single medicine on the planet that will cure diseases either.
In reality, supplements and medicines don't cure diseases.
All they do is help restore certain functions in your body so it your body can heal itself.
That's right. Your body is in charge of its own healing.
Scientists know this to be true. For instance, when people take sugar pills in scientific experiments to mimic the placebo effect, the brain believes that what it's taking is going to help restore order in the body. It believes this so strongly that the body actually begins healing itself.
When you think about it, the sugar pill didn't lead to healing… it was the belief that it would work.
Again, medicines and supplements don’t cure disease.
They simply help your body restore natural function so it can cure itself.
Myth #2 - All Supplements Can Be Trusted
A huge problem with supplements is that many of them contain fillers and fake ingredients.
This problem is so widespread The New York Times wrote an extensive article about it.
Here's what they wrote:
"The New York State attorney general’s office accused four national retailers on Monday of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients.
The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.
At GNC, for example, the agency found that five out of six samples from the company’s signature “Herbal Plus” brand of supplements “were either unrecognizable or a substance other than what they claimed to be.” In pills labeled ginkgo biloba, the agency found only rice, asparagus and spruce, an ornamental plant commonly used for Christmas decorations.
At Target, the agency tested six herbal products from its popular “Up and Up” store brand of supplements. Three out of six – including ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid – tested negative for the herbs listed on their labels. But the agency did find that the pills contained powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots."
It's clear not all supplements should be trusted.
Not only do you want your supplements to contain the elements listed on the label for your wallet's sake, but if you unknowingly take a supplement filled with dangerous ingredients, it could prove fatal.
Myth #3 - Ingredients Always Equal Healing Power
People tend to believe if they take a supplement containing certain ingredients, their bodies will receive all the marketed health benefits those ingredients can produce.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Studies supporting the benefits of a particular ingredient require far more than just an ingredient list to prove any improvements in health.
For instance, in a number of studies focusing on how vitamin K-2 MK7 helps support bone strength, the clinically-tested dose used was around 150mcg.
Generally, amounts less than this dosage have little effect on bone health.
However, because consumers hear how vitamin K-2 MK7 can improve bone health, they're happy to buy a supplement with that ingredient based on name recognition alone.
The problem is, if those supplements don't contain the therapeutic dose of that vitamin, there's little chance the consumer is going to receive the desired results.
In other words, a sprinkling of any ingredient does not equal healing power.
Thus, if you want to receive the full benefits of a supplement, it's important you get the correct dosage of each ingredient.
Myth #4 - Supplement Quality Doesn't Really Matter
Quality absolutely matters when it comes to supplements.
Many people shop for them with the objective of spending the least amount of money possible.
However, that’s not necessarily a smart move.
Supplement companies have varying standards regarding what they will sell to consumers.
For instance, Company A may be fine with selling a low-quality supplement in the name of making a fast buck. On the other hand, Company B may adhere to tight standards of quality because their mission is to provide top-notch products that will make consumers well.
Here’s an example of how this may play out in the real world:
Company A decides to release a fish oil supplement to consumers. The supplement is very low in cost - mostly because the company knows they can obtain cheap oil left over from the manufacturing of other fish products. This oil may be old, untested for pollutants and toxins, and is of poor quality. However, they decide to encapsulate this oil and sell it to their consumers.
Company B chooses to use sustainably-caught fish and manufactures the fish oil within a few hours of catching them. They buy their own equipment and create a rigorous process for quality control in order to guarantee their product’s quality.
Company A charges $7 for their fish oil.
Company B charges $29 for theirs.
Which would you rather buy knowing that the cheaper fish oil isn't going to give you what you need?
The truth is, independent analysis shows that inferior products at low prices deliver ZERO benefits consumers.
So if a person wants to waste their money on low-grade supplements, that’s their choice. But they shouldn’t expect to get the best results.
Myth #5 - A Healthy Diet Means Not Needing To Take Supplements
Just because you eat a healthy diet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take supplements.
For instance, if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables you’ll still get sick from time to time.
And while those fruits and vegetables are high in a number of beneficial nutrients, research shows taking a high-dose vitamin C supplement will boost your immune function and give you a better chance of getting well (and getting well faster).
The same is true of using a supplement like berberine to help regulate blood sugar.
There are plenty of people who eat a moderately healthy diet who want to keep their blood sugar under control.
While a diet may help improve blood sugar, studies show taking berberine with a healthy diet is a great way to maintain perfect blood sugar levels.
The simple fact is supplements are called “supplements” for a reason. They supplement a bad diet, a good diet and even a perfect diet with nutrients to help keep your body at peak performance.
So… Are Supplements Even Worth It?The answer: absolutely.
Supplements give your body much needed nutrients to help restore your health.
There are thousands upon thousands of studies showing supplements are crucial to restoring health.
They won’t cure a disease…
But they certainly can help restore the function your body in such a way that it could conquer diseases.
Always be sure to do your research on supplements.
And before you take a new supplement, always consult your physician to make sure it won’t interfere with pre-existing conditions or any medications you’re talking.