Dietary Supplements: When You Need Them and When You Don’t

How supplements may help, Dietary Supplements: When You Need Them and When You Don’t

The world of dietary supplements is confusing at best and a bit scary at worst. Dietary supplements are largely unregulated, and as a consumer, you have few, if any, assurances of the quality or effectiveness of any given supplement.

It’s important to consult with an expert when it comes to supplements because there is just so much untrustworthy information on the topic. Dr. Nelson recommends specific supplements  -- when necessary -- which have been clinically tested.

But how do you know if you even need a supplement? Roughly 68% of American adults take some kind of dietary supplement, according to a survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). In the survey, most of them cited “overall wellness” as their reason for taking supplements.

How supplements may help

Dietary supplements may be able to help with several common conditions. For instance, if you have digestive issues, you may benefit from taking probiotics. Other conditions include:

Of course, the underlying condition causing your issue determines whether or not a dietary supplement is likely to help. This is another reason it’s important to seek guidance from a qualified provider such as the staff members at Root Medical when you make decisions about dietary supplements.

How to know what to take

Dr. Nelson doesn’t recommend supplements to all of his patients. Instead, he provides an individual evaluation of your situation and makes recommendations based on your life and your goals.

Eating a nutritious, balanced, well-rounded diet with plenty of variety is the best way to get the majority of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, though, you may still need an extra boost in some areas.

Based on an exam, a thorough discussion of your medical history, and taking into account your exercise, sleep, and nutritional habits, Dr. Nelson may recommend medical grade nutritional supplements from Standard Process® or Systemic Formulas®. Both of these companies have a long history of rigorous testing and have been found to be effective, safe, and of consistently high quality.

Safety and caution

Overall, dietary supplements are safe. Taking a daily multivitamin, for example, is unlikely to cause you any problems -- it probably won’t help you all that much, but it won’t hurt you.

However, there are some people who should be cautious. For example, certain dietary supplements can interact with some prescription medications, and few dietary supplements have been tested in pregnant women.

Consulting with our staff is a good way to make sure you’re taking the right supplements for you and that you’re purchasing high-quality supplements that have been tested. If you’d like to learn more about dietary supplements, call us, or book an appointment online. We’re happy to discuss your specific circumstances and make recommendations.

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