Hey there, viewers! I am a nutrition expert and I am here to spread awareness. There are many different types of supplements that are found on the market. Most nutritionists suggest you try them. But not all of those supplements are as useful as you think they are. Let’s explore it further. In this video, I will explain all the different types of supplements found in the market and more. Let’s start with the ones that you don’t actually need.
#1 Calcium Supplements
For the last few years it has become a trend to pitch calcium supplements in advertisements. The audience in particular are people ages 40 and above. While the ads may sound very promising, the products usually don’t justify the hype. Why? Because the calcium supplements don’t get into the bones as they are supposed to.
Instead, you are more likely to get calcium through natural means. For example, salmon and sardines are some of the most well-known sources of calcium. Apart from that, you can try green vegetables like cabbage and broccoli. Dairy products are usually good sources too. If you happen to be lactose intolerant and can’t handle milk, then opt for almond milk.
It is a good alternative, just make sure you have a source for protein. I am mentioning this mainly because almond milk doesn’t contain enough protein. You can watch the video, “Is Almond Milk a Good Alternative to Cow’s Milk?” for more information. Now let’s continue with this video.
#2 Iodine Supplements
You shouldn’t take Iodine supplements unless your doctor prescribes it. Mind you, doctors rarely will. Why? Because having too much iodine is often linked to thyroid problems. This is why I wouldn’t recommend that you take iodine supplements. There are numerous other alternatives that you can consume to get iodine. When you are consuming food that has iodine, always check the content. Different types of seaweed are often decent sources of iodine. They also have antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
Apart from that, dairy products also contain a healthy amount of iodine. If you don’t want dairy products you can try shrimp. The best part about shrimp is that it is low-calorie, but at the same time very high protein. Iodized salt is also a good alternative when it comes to having iodine.
#3 Vitamin E Supplements
There was a time when taking Vitamin E supplements wasn’t considered a problem. Then some studies suggested it wasn’t a good idea. One study in particular made it very clear that people who took Vitamin E supplements had a higher risk of dying than those who didn’t.
Don’t worry though, there isn’t enough Vitamin E in multivitamins to cause problems. I would still suggest that you use natural methods of getting Vitamin E into your body. This is safer and has less complications. Additionally, you need Vitamin E for your body. Specifically if you are looking for flawless skin, Vitamin E is your go to nutrient. Try having almonds. Once again, almond milk is a very good option. Spinach is another great example.
#4 Vitamin C Supplements
There have been debates on this topic. Are Vitamin C supplements really necessary? Well, one study was conducted to see if we really needed this supplement. It turns out we don’t. Instead, we would recommend that you take it naturally. These sources include citric fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.
So next time you feel like having Vitamin C, try these first. Keep in mind that your body needs Vitamin C. It increases the production of collagen in your skin, making sure that you don’t easily get black heads, acne scars or wrinkles. More importantly, it keeps your nerves, muscles and bones strong. Additionally, Vitamin C boosts the healing factor of your skin. This doesn’t mean that you will heal very quickly, but at least you will. In the absence of Vitamin C, healing might be a very big problem. You can also check out our video, “Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms That Should Never Be Ignored.” It will help you understand the problem better.
Now that we have spoken about the supplements we don’t need, time to talk about the ones that we do.
#1 Protein Supplements
In a study, it was found that protein powder has a positive effect on resistance and endurance training. Considering this, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you can actually opt for this supplement. It is still better than a lot of supplements we mentioned earlier. This doesn’t mean that there are no food alternatives.
There are many natural alternatives to protein supplements. Some of the most common being diary products, green vegetables and meat. Specifically, any type of red meat is a good alternative. Don’t let that steal thunder from protein supplements though. It is useful, and easier to digest protein supplements than red meat. You can always weigh your options carefully.
#2 Omega 3 Supplements
Yes, you can always consume sardines or tuna to get Omega 3 Fatty acids. Keep in mind, not everyone enjoys the salty smell of fish. Some people hate the smell so much that they refuse to go near it. Others find it hard to eat or digest. Omega 3 supplements are a good alternative for such people. Researchers also agree that omega 3 supplements help to control the blood pressure.
By doing so, it decreases the risks of major cardiovascular problems in humans. Therefore, this is a good alternative to natural Omega 3 acids. Omega 3 supplements are also known to boost calcium in the bones and joints. There you go, if you weren’t convinced already then this should seal the deal. This doesn’t mean that you should stop eating tuna or sardines though. If you like them, stick to eating them.
Before I continue, I suggest that you try out our video on the benefits of fish oil. It will help you form a decision on whether or not you should actually opt for fish supplements.
#3 Zinc Supplements
You don’t have to be a marathon runner or swimmer to fall in love with zinc. This mineral is special because it has the ability to boost your immunity. Many nutrition experts would suggest that you go for a zinc supplement. There are many different types of food that are high in zinc.
This includes red meat, shellfish and even dark chocolate. Surprised about the inclusion of dark chocolate? Well don’t be, because 100 grams contains about 3.3 grams of zinc. Yet none of these foods may be for you. People with different problems may not be able to eat foods that are high in zinc. This is for several reasons.
They would find it rather easy to ingest zinc supplements. Another interesting thing about zinc is its ability to fight depression. So the next time you think that you are down and out, know that zinc has your back. Hmm, come to think of it, this explains why we feel light after having dark chocolate. It’s the zinc that helps the process.
#4 Vitamin D Supplements
Think of the things that can give you Vitamin D. You will get egg yolk, dairy products, fish and cereals. These foods are known as some of the most common sources. Yet there is another common source, the sun. You get a lot of Vitamin D from that flaming ball in the sky. So why do we need supplements if we have these options?
Well here are some reasons. Some of us might live in Easter European, Central Asian and Scandinavain countries where sunlight isn’t as common. Places like Norway go for 6 months without seeing the sun! This is where supplements come into play. They make sure that your body is getting enough of this nutrient.
Keep in mind that absence of Vitamin D can cause some problems like pain in your bones, glucose intolerance and even hypertension. So make sure that you have had proper consumption of this particular nutrient. So are you going to drop any of these supplements? Do you know anyone who takes one of the supplements we have mentioned? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!