Recently I’ve noticed an uptick in conversations about nutritional supplementation. I’ve heard people touting that I’ll have more energy and that there is no way a person can meet their nutritional needs from diet alone.
Mix Your Own Gluten-Free Granola, sunflower seeds, frozen blueberries and almond milk.
I just don’t know if I buy that. I don’t understand why our bodies would be made to require supplementation. I DO understand that many people can benefit from supplementation if their diets are unbalanced or restricted. Though I don’t think any supplement can replace the synergistic power of a whole food, I see how some diets may be lacking in some essential nutrients. However, to tell me it’s IMPOSSIBLE to meet my body’s requirement on food alone boggles my mind.
Scrambled egg with onion and sriracha, 1/2 an orange and 1.5 slices of delicious bacon.
I’ll openly admit I’m also a little jaded. I know that regulation of supplements isn’t required and there are a lot of crappy, cheap supplements out there (by contrast, perhaps there are some great ones, too). Supplements don’t have to prove effectiveness or disclose side effects. I also know that supplements are ‘where the money is at’ for many health/fitness companies. It’s hard for me to believe in a product that I know carries a hefty margin of profit without hard facts to back it up.
Sweet potato chili with sour cream and cilantro. Green leaf lettuce topped with Greek quinoa salad.
And what about the opposite danger of over supplementation? Many supplements carry multivitamins with 300% or 600% of the recommended daily intake of certain nutrients, and that’s just what they have listed. Often times the amount of a nutrient in the bottle differs from what is actually in there (source).
1/4 a sweet potato with coconut chocolate almond butter and cinnamon.
I guess I trust nature more than companies. However, to completely contradict myself, I do supplement. I take Juice Plus, a whole food based supplement. I also take half of a Nature Made prenatal vitamin when I remember.
Why do I do this? I guess for a little insurance that I am getting what I need. What a hypocrite right? Haha.
Roasted potatoes, bourbon glazed salmon and steamed broccoli with nutritional yeast.
The point of this post is not to bash all supplements. I’m actively trying to learn more about them, but it’s hard with so many out there and so little quality, non-biased information. So instead, I turn to you guys on this WIAW…
Do you take supplements?
What do you take?
Have you noticed a difference?