Most people in order to stay fit and healthy, with the desired body shape and state, are turning into taking in dietary supplements. According to studies and researches, most people in the adult population of the United States of America takes at least one or more dietary supplements every day or every once in a while. There are various kinds of dietary supplements that are sold in the market for the people to buy. There are the traditional tablets and capsules; there are also powders, drinks and energy bars available in the market today. These dietary supplements are usually promoted to have vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, herbals and botanicals, and so on. Some of the most common and are usually bought today by the people include vitamins E and D, iron, calcium, fish oils, probiotics, and many more. While there are supplements that do not need prescriptions and all, there are also some that need prescriptions from doctors and other medical experts in order to assure the consumers’ safety and health. However, most doctors would also say that dietary supplements are not really that dangerous, while some would also say that it can be harmful. Nevertheless, despite the continuous debate about its security, still, one must really be cautious on what dietary supplements to take.
Supplements can be pretty much effective and beneficial to the body. It can cover up the lack of vitamins, minerals, and important compounds that should be taken by the body. However, supplements should not be something that is in replacement for all the food that naturally carries these minerals, vitamins, and so on. The body still needs several of foods that naturally contain these organic substances that are needed by the body to stay healthy, in shape and fit.
Despite some of the dietary supplements’ reported effectiveness, there are still some that contains risk and worse, can even bring serious harm to the health of a person. Supplements can also have side effects, some are known while there are some that are unexpected side effects of the dietary supplements. On the other hand, there are some people who are taking in supplements the wrong way. For example, taking in as many supplements one at a time, taking in supplements in exchange of medicines that are prescribed by the doctor, taking in dietary supplements after a surgery, and so on.
For a person who takes in dietary supplements, he or she must be cautious enough of the good and bad effects of dietary supplements. Although there are some that does not need to have any prescription for at all, to be sure and safe, one must seek the advice and opinion of doctors and other medical experts.