Before anyone gets the wrong idea, one of the above is optional, and the other is not. Most people can get by without supplements, even if they have to modify their diet. However, supplements aren’t meant to replace eating normal food, preferably as unrefined and whole as possible. Under medical supervision, supplements, similar to protein shakes, are sometimes used to replace a normal diet. For instance, this can be observed in weight loss through a “protein sparing fast,” or in cases where a patient can’t ingest sufficient solid calories. Even so, this is still considered to be a temporary measure.
Some people understand the importance of a good diet as far as long-term health. Others do not even think of their welfare whether by themselves or such organizations. Most of the others don’t care sufficiently enough to make any changes. While trying to get someone to eat more spinach and lentils, it will probably be both obnoxious and probably futile to present them with supplements that may support their health. It can be tough to convince them that you are concerned enough for their well-being to make the necessary effort. This may be especially helpful if they happen to be suffering from a medical condition, or are in poor health generally.
When it comes to nutrition, the general view is that “more is better”, but this is not always true. Certainly, consuming too little of any of the chemicals vital to our tissues’ and organs’ proper functioning will lead to bad things. But, beyond a certain minimum point, there are few additional benefits in taking supplements. However, over and above that point can be harmful.
Anyone who has spent much time in the gym knows that building up new muscle mass, reducing body fat and improving performance is not just a question of trying to lift more or wanting it harder. It’s also about taking care of your body outside the times you’re actually training.
Every couple of years, magazines, blogs and other media pick up on some kind of new “superfood” that supposedly has health benefits that are nothing short of amazing. Whenever the whole world climbs on a bandwagon in this way, it’s worthwhile taking such claims with a pinch of salt (or your preferred low-sodium alternative).