To Supplement, or not to Supplement.
That's the big question Have you ever thought about taking supplements/nutraceuticals to boost your health? With so many options out there, it can be tough to know which ones are actually worth your time and money.
So, what are supplements and nutraceuticals exactly? Supplements are products that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, or amino acids that are intended to supplement your diet. Nutraceuticals are products that come from food and have additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
Do you actually need supplements or nutraceuticals? Well, it depends on your individual needs and health status. If you already have a balanced and varied diet, you might not need any extra supplements. But if you have nutrient deficiencies or certain health conditions, you could benefit from supplementation - and with an estimated 80% of the Australian population magnesium deficient, it can certainly have its place.
For example, if you're vegan, you might need to take vitamin B12 supplements because it's mainly found in animal-based foods. If you have osteoporosis, you might benefit from calcium and vitamin D supplements to improve bone health. And if you have high blood pressure, omega-3 supplements could help lower it.
Keep in mind that supplements and nutraceuticals aren't a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. They're meant to supplement and enhance your health, not to fix an unhealthy lifestyle. Plus, some supplements could interact with medications or have side effects, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking anything new.
When picking supplements or nutraceuticals, quality matters. Look for reputable brands that have been tested and certified for purity and potency.
Everything prescribed in my clinic is practitioner-only, sustainably and ethically sourced, and independently quality controlled. Something you find on iherb may not be able to make the same claims, and if not manufactured in Australia, may include sneaky ingredients that are banned by our regulatory bodies.
Overall, supplements and nutraceuticals can be helpful for some people, but they shouldn't replace a healthy diet and lifestyle. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements and choose high-quality products from trusted brands.