Big topic today, nutritional supplements…
Nutritional supplement is a huge business, and growing.
It’s also pretty much a ‘name-it-and-claim-it’ business because manufacturing guidelines operates outside of close government oversight.
In 1994, Congress passed the Diet Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
Without intending to, the act sorta gave a free pass for manufacturing and marketing, of vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, enzymes, organ tissues, and hormones, without proving their safety, their purity, the consistency of their ingredients, or their effectiveness.
And, if they don’t make specific curative claims, the manufacturers aren’t gonna get in hot water with the FDA for pedaling junk.
Wait, this is not a smear piece…
And, I’m not saying manufacturers of nutritional supplements, purposely ignore the public’s safety.
Although it’s been awhile, I’ve regularly taken food supplements.
Plus, I’m now in the 2nd week of doing a 21 day ‘body-re-set’, detox program.
A major part of the re-set is taking 7 different diet supplemental additives.
The rest of the re-set program involves eating foods that are healthy, that I don’t normally eat on a daily basis.
And, I’m doing it under a doctor’s guidance and care.
It’d be foolhardy, I think, to just ‘wing’ something that’s potentially dangerous.
Especially with the preexisting medical conditions I already have.
My purpose of doing the re-set is to find out if my body is lacking proper levels of nutrition. Which the blood work, scheduled to be taken after the re-set, should show.
If I’m short or over in some areas of essential elements, the plan is to fine-tune my body with nutritional supplements from a supplier of tested quality products. (I think I’ve got that covered)
My ultimate goal is having a balanced body without taking the 5 daily prescriptions I’ve taken for years. If possible, I’d sure like to quit abusing my liver, kidneys and other organs, from these potent drugs.
Back to our main discussion:
Should you even take diet supplements? And, if so, when and which ones?
Weeks ago, I would have said “Yeah, if they wanna, everyone should regularly take nutritional supplements.
Today, my definitive answer is: “maybe”.
But never without consultation and the guidance from a good doctor.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.