Should you take supplements?


Nutritional Supplements can be one of the quickest ways to improve health.

They should be treated as 'Tools' to better health that work alongside a healthy diet. Choosing the right supplements can be a minefield, it can also be costly and if you don't really need them, a waste of money. There are 100s of brands and 1000s of different nutrients each claiming health benefits. But they are not all equal and a good nutritional therapist will know which are the best and the most beneficial to you. It is best to have some knowledge and know which supplements you need before you shop instore or online as you might come away with the wrong supplement. There is also a quality issue. The cheaper brands may use chemically derived nutrients and also mix it with substances that are 'fillers' and they are less easily absorbed - these can cause sensitivities making you feel worse than when you aren't taking them! There are also different types of Vitamin and Mineral compounds like citrates and sulphates, piconilates - these are how minerals are bound so you can consume them - some are healthier than others. Vitamin C is better if it is buffered for example as this is less irritating in high doses to the gut. Different types of iron can be either gentle on digestion or cause constipation. Some B12's are more absorble than others and some magnesium can either be absorbed or cause loose stools. Calcium comes in many different forms too, it can be easily absorbed, but if not taken with complimentary supplements like Vitamin D3 and K2 can cause hardening of the arteries and other tissues.

If you decide to take a herbal remedy it is always best to be informed properly as these can interact with other medications and taken long term can be harmful. Not as harmful as most medications taken long term though!

Ideally you would consult a Nutritional Therapist to get a supplement prescription, this really helps when you go into the store.

For supplements to work you need to take them for the required amount of time or even on going. For example Vitamin C needs to be taken every day but spread over the day in smaller doses to keep blood levels high. You also need different amounts according to your needs, like through the