FACT OR MYTH: Nutritional supplements make an unhealthy person, healthy.
I hope the answer is obvious because it’s a myth. Supplements can’t take the place of the variety of foods that are important to a healthy diet. They should be used to supplement an already healthy lifestyle.
FACT OR MYTH: Over half of Americans take at least one dietary supplement on occasion.
Fact. It is definitely possible to get all of the nutrients you need by eating variety of healthy foods, but nutritional supplements can be useful for filling in the gaps in your diet.
The base of a personalized nutrition plan is a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle and there is no shortage of false information when it comes to talking about health and wellness. Everyone thinks they’re an expert because they can use the internet.
So – how can you separate fact from fiction? Check out the infographic from USANA Health Sciences below for a variety of widely accepted supplemental myths, and then get to the facts.
Things to keep in mind during this conversation:
- You shouldn’t decide to take supplements on conditions that you’ve diagnosed yourself, without consulting a doctor.
- If you don’t eat a nutritious variety of foods, some supplements might help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients, but, again, won’t replace them.
- Nutritional supplements are complex products, make sure you do research on the safety, risk, and quality of them. *note – some supplements can lower the effectiveness of others if taken together.
- For vitamins and minerals, check the Daily Value (DV) percentage for each one to make sure you’re not consuming too much. Too much of certain supplements can be harmful.
Don’t be a statistic. While there is no substitute for a healthy diet, quality supplements can provide you with the essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to support energy, growth, and a healthy body.
This post was contributed by Cassidy McClellan. She is the Education Specialist for USANA Health Sciences, the cellular nutrition company.