Maybe your doctor recommended you start taking a supplement. Maybe you stumbled across an article somewhere that suggested a certain variety would cure what ails you. Or maybe you heard that everyone over a certain age should be taking a daily multivitamin.
There are any number of reasons to take a nutritional supplement. And in today’s world, where our internal detoxification systems are running at capacity, our diets tend to be less than ideal, and our lifestyles can be hectic and stressful, I find that taking the appropriate supplement can be a critical part of a healthy life.
In my medical practice, I've seen again and again that the right supplements in the right doses can help patients reverse complex symptoms and regain energy and vitality.
But here’s the big dirty secret of the supplement industry: There is almost zero oversight. They don’t have to prove anything. FTC and FDA regulations require that dietary supplements have nutritional labeling and a list of ingredients. However, it's important to remember that supplement labels and ingredients aren't evaluated by the FDA before they're marketed and sold.
You might have heard common multivitamins referred to as "bedpan bullets." Do you know why? Because they are often so full of binders and fillers that the tablets make it all the way through the digestive system perfectly intact. Meaning: You're not even absorbing the vitamins and minerals.