Are Supplements a Scam? | Do Health Supplements Actually Do Anything?
Do Supplemental Vitamins Work, Or Are Supplements a Scam?
A better question might be, do we need to take supplements to be healthy? We will answer that question as we go, but if you do take supplemental vitamins (even “good” ones), they may or may not actually be doing a thing for you. So are supplements a scam, or do health supplements work, generally speaking?
Of course there are some health supplements that work better than others (I am finding more and more that the majority of supplemental vitamin brands are pure garbage, plain and simple). But we should really learn which vitamins we tend to not get enough of from our diet, and go from there, don’t you think? Then we can begin to research and find health supplements that work and are not filled with sand (silica) or other fillers and poisons.
Do We Need to Take Supplements?
Does anyone need supplements to be healthy? If we are eating good food and avoiding all the bad things and getting regular exercise, why would we need supplements? Doesn’t good food provide all the nutrition we need?
Actually, many vitamins need to come from food (their natural form) to be of significant benefit. Plus, many vitamins in supplement form won’t be absorbed by the body to be used where they are needed, but will simply be digested and eliminated without doing anything beneficial.
For example, if you are unable to spend time in the sun every day to acquire vitamin D, a good supplement will be a good idea. But a good vitamin D supplement will have K2 and / or magnesium added, for the purpose of absorption. There are also other vitamins that work together with vitamin D for many benefits.
Are Multivitamins Worth Taking?
First of all, let’s keep in mind that they are called vitamin supplements. They are not called vitamin substitutes. Multivitamins (assuming they do anything at all) are going to give you a spectrum of things you likely don’t need, and in fact, taking too much of certain vitamins can be counterproductive.
So are multivitamins worth taking? I think the shortest answer possible would be “NO”. You are far better off getting everything you can from good food, and anything you can’t from a trusted source.
Watch this short video for more on this:
So, Do They Work, Or Are Supplements a Scam?
If you are still wondering if vitamin supplements are a scam, or if we really need to take supplements to be healthy, this guy has a blunt and blatant opinion, which I just thought I would share with you, in case you are having a hard time being swayed towards the notion that supplemental vitamins are not LORD. He makes some valuable points, but I suspect he doesn’t take into account that the foods typically available to us today ain’t at all what they used to be…
At this point I will say this, if you didn’t know:
According to the National Institute of Health, the dietary supplement industry takes in 37 billion dollars per year, in the US alone.
How do you like them apples?
Health Supplements that Work, and Are Clean and Safe
I know without a doubt that there are health supplements that work for me, and I have heard onslaughts of others’ testimonies of the same. But I have also spent a lot of time and a bit of money finding those supplements that work, and a very much trusted source for them. I will share that source with you. But here is another interesting tidbit for you, before I do:
This is a paragraph right from the FDA website:
“Dietary Supplements can be beneficial to your health — but taking supplements can also involve health risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed.”
You can read some things into that if you want (I certainly did). But if it is simply true that they “don’t have the authority” to review the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements before they are sold, that is crazy enough.
Does that not mean that the manufacturers can put unsafe or useless ingredients in their product and sell it to you as something that is safe and effective, with no accountability?
The Health Ranger
Why they “admit” this is a whole other discussion, but the point I want to make is that it is certainly imperative that you get your supplements from a trusted source, and if you go to The Brighteon Store / The Health Ranger, you will quickly see why I trust Mike’s products, besides the fact that I listen to his podcast, and know what he stands for, and the values he stands on.
Mike Adams, aka The Health Ranger has his own lab, and personally tests every product that comes through the door.
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So, do we need to take supplements, or are dietary supplements a scam?
Well, determining any vitamin or mineral you may be lacking is the first step. And if you can’t get that level up through diet, you may have to (and should) be very diligent and vigilant in finding a supplier of that supplement, ensuring its purity, effectiveness and safety. The Brighteon Store is one such source that I have found, and one of very few supplement sources that I currently trust completely, for anything I need. Yes, I do receive a small commission for purchases made through the links above. You can read the affiliate disclaimer below for more detail.
If you have trouble finding what you are looking for on the Brighteon Store, please leave a message below, and I will point you in the right direction.
I will leave you with two points that are admittedly trite, but are very much worth stressing, in my opinion.
1. You are much better off getting your vitamins and nutrients from food than from supplements, whenever possible.
2. The food today (even the “organic”, or “non-processed” food) is difficult to get what we need from, so we also need to be as diligent with our food shopping as we are with looking for good dietary supplements.