I have taken a few natural supplements and they did help during my weight loss journey.
Hi, Michelle. Are these the green tea supplements?
Glad to hear it, Michelle! I am curious what you took, too?
I've been staying away from all supplements and pills for a few years now. If it gets really bad, I'll take an asprin, but I really try to avoid them.
Well, I think that supplements can do really great things if they are used properly. Glad you're staying away from other pills, though!
I was looking at this as a Marketing thing ... at least for me, they don't sound attractive because most supplements that I've seen have a disclaimer saying there aren't any approved therapeutic claims and the like. It makes me think that it's not effective - then again, that's just me :)
Hi, Russ! Yes, they do say that. It's not because they are ineffective, they just have to do that to cover their butt and avoid lawsuits. There is less concern for that with companies that dispense only through doctors offices. Basically, you don't want a bunch of lay people with no medical training walking into Walmart and self-medicating for serious conditions....
There is another reason they do that, too, but it doesn't have anything to do with effectiveness to treat a disease or symptom. Just like pharmaceuticals can have good and bad effects, so can supplements and herbs. You really need an understanding of the chemistry you're playing with before you start loading up on something.
I don't even believe in multi-vitamins. I don't take any medicine, unless absolutely have too. Thanks for the interesting read.
I'm not a big fan of multi-vitamins either, Paula. Most of the ones you see in the stores are bonafied junk and probably do more harm than good.
Not everybody has the same body chemistry so supplements is a way to balance it.
You're absolutely correct, Franc! I really love supplements, but you need to know what you're doing to the body before you jump in and start supplementing willy-nilly.
I take alot of medicines for my RA and don't mix in supplements because I am afraid of side effects.
Hmm... That's interesting, Rena. Supplements and herbs are often very, very helpful for RA. You might want to consider reversing your stance on this one (be skeptical of medications and embrace supplements and herbs).
However, having RA makes you one that should definitely work with a Functional Medicine doctor. I would NOT recommend you try to self-medicate and try supplements without proper supervision.
Supplements are pretty much like anything else- use with caution and moderation and with a practitioner's guidance. I used to work in the neutraceutical industry and I swear by my liquid vitamins and minerals! Only liquid- I will only take capture unless it is in vegetarian form because all else will prevent the supplement from being absorbed by your body!
Hi, Jaime! Yes, you are absolutely correct. If you get good quality supplements and treat them with the same amount of respect you would a prescription, supplements can do amazing things!
great conversation! The first thing that springs to mind is the placebo effect. Sure they have a lot of the "good stuff" but they're still a pill at the end of the day. I think the best medicine is to listen to your body ... not your binges.
Hi, Magdalena. Yes, placebo effect is something that can happen with both supplements AND prescription drugs... Placebo is not unique to the natural stuff ;)
I agree with you, though. Listen to your body and treat it well!
I only take supplements that are recommended by my doctor.
That's good, Gina! Hopefully you see a doctor who has proper training in this arena (i.e. Functional Medicine). Most MDs and DOs have a truly abysmal understanding of nutrition and supplements :(
I do not take many supplements.. thanks for the post, it opened my eyes.
You are very welcome! I hope that the ones you do take are good quality!
I usually don't take supplements either.I usually turn to medical advice before doing anything. Thanks for the post.
Well, most doctors think that supplements are useless, so it's rare that Medical Doctors will recommend them anyway. I think this largely stems from the complete and utter lack of ANY coursework in nutrition and supplements that is offered by most medical schools. It's sad, really. Doctors might recommend supplements and herbs more if they knew how to use them.
If I showed this to my husband, he would absolutely agree with you. Though I do believe in it because there have been many times when it has helped me get through my depression (lack of vitamins), give me energy, etc.
Hi, Lexie! Read the article carefully- I absolutely DO believe in supplements and have seen them do wondrous things in my practice. I just don't like the lackadaisical approach that most people take with them. Glad you've found some that work for you!
I agree that I don't think its ok to take supplements that are man made, instead use herbs, teas and different natural ways to heal before going to something addictive and problemsome as well as helpful
Hi, Natosha! Well, that wasn't exactly what I was saying... I just don't think people understand what to take and usually buy cheap/ineffective supplements. I use a lot of herbs in my office, too though!
It's always better to eat healthy food like fruits and vegetables than take supplements but when nutrients are not enough, then I think it's also good to have those capsules.
I agree, Roch! Always start with diet and then fine-tune with supplements as need be!
i might be the one of those people whom believe in the power of supplements but I am trying my best not to consider it when i feel just a slight of a headache body pain anything else that I can still get through the day without medicines. I can barely swallow my small pill i drink at night. though I know in the future when i really need it I will go for it ofcourse
I cant totally agre with you.. Supplements once in a while becomes necessity of our lives
I can see how they're probably misused and overused all the time. Ideally it's best to get everything through food sources, I'm sure.
I totally agree with you.. You need to pick the right supplements that are right for you.
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