The vast array of health supplements available of the market today is not only mind boggling but to the uninitiated can be mystifying and a little daunting as well. It is not uncommon to be inundated with advice and recommendation for health supplements from family, friends and co workers, through this article i will discuss about the top 5 health supplements and if they truly healthy for you.
The multivitamin is the granddaddy for the health supplement world. Today it is considered almost compulsory to be taking them due to perceived shortfalls in our modern diet. The general consensus in the medical community is that while multivitamins are good for you it is better to try to consume a complete diet than depend on multivitamins.
Conclusion : Multivitamins are good for you but try to have a complete diet instead.
2. Meal Replacements
Products like Ensure and SlimFast are increasing being use as meal replacements for weight loss by restricting the numbers of calories we intake. This is not a particularly healthy approach to weight loss as people expect that by simply replacing a meal their weight loss goals can be met.
Conclusion : Meal Replacements are only ok if used in conjunction with regular exercise and proper diet control.
Creatine is the one of the most popular supplements on the market and helps slow down the buildup of lactic acid thus allowing people who engage in short bust activities such as bodybuilding or weight lifting to push longer by feeling less tired.
Conclusion : Creatine is great for bodybuilders or weight lifters but does not offer any advantage for the normal person, if you do take creatine remember to stay hydrated to avoid cramps
4. Protein Shakes
Protein shakes are the mythical magic potion in supplements supposed to give you pure muscle with every sip. While the amount of protein you consume is important when you are trying to build muscle is is equally important to exercise right. Studies have shown that protein supplements do help but only with correct exercise and diet.
Conclusion : Have protein shakes but remember to eat right and exercise hard.
5. Weight loss pills
Everything from Caffeine to L-Carnatine is sold in capsules to promote weight loss and while the do help in reducing weight often times they may put stress on your body that is unhealthy. It is always better to consult a doctor before starting any weight loss pills.
Conclusion : Speak to you doctor before you start and remember not everything is for everyone.
The mineral most lacking in our modern diet, Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth particular in the elderly to prevent osteoporosis (weak bones). While it is always better to get calcium from milk and milk products (cheese and yogurt) for those that are lactose intolerant calcium supplements are king.
Conclusion : One of the most important mineral, try to get it in your diet or else pop the calcium pill.
Thought there are a dizzily large number of supplements available nothing beats a proper diet and correct exercise and if you do want to start taking supplements consult a dietitian or a doctor to know what is best for you.