There are a wide variety of supplements available on the market today and unless you are an expert you don’t have time to do the necessary research on all of them to find out if they are worthwhile. The first thing you should understand that supplements are not really necessary if you have a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle in place. Supplements will not replace these things and by taking them will not allow you to eat unhealthily. Supplements are intended to help fill in some minor gaps you might have.
Supplements To Avoid
The supplement industry is huge and is unfortunately not very well regulated which means that most of the products out there don’t even work, the only effect they will have is the one on your wallet. In general stay away from weight loss pills, they don’t really work. When it comes to weight loss there is no magic pill that will allow you to lose weight, it’s going to take hard work and most important time, it won’t happen overnight.
The second big class of supplements that don’t work are products that claim to detox your body. Detox products are currently very popular right now all claiming to flush your body of toxins however they never say exactly what these toxins are. The truth is that your kidneys and liver will do that all for you and if those aren’t working properly you should be in a hospital.
There are many other supplements that have a great deal of research behind them which are often conflicting or at best show only a mild benefit, whilst I wouldn’t say they are a scam they are not particularly useful such as CLA or BCAAs.
When it comes to protein powder most people actually classify it as a food source rather than a supplement. Most people do not need to take protein powder and will consume enough protein through their normal diet, this is the case even with athletes. If you feel you do need to consume more protein then stick to the reputable protein powder brands such as Myprotein which has consistently been rated very highly by 3rd party testers such as Labdoor.
Supplements We Recommend
Unfortunately there aren’t many good supplements from which to choose from. We do however recommend fish oil and vitamin d3, if you are into sports and fitness then you can also consider taking creatine.
Fish oil is one of the most widely studied supplements and is accepted as being beneficial especially since most people have very little fish in their diets. Of course like most dietary supplements if you are already eating lots of oily fish then you are unlikely to benefit by supplementing with it.
Large amounts of people are actually deficient in vitamin D. The body can make its own vitamin D when you come into direct sunlight unfortunately as most people are inside of their office most of the day they actually spend very little time outdoors. This problem is compounded if you live in a country or during a season that gets very few sunlight hours.However if you do spend most of your time outdoors and live in a country that gets a lot of sunlight then you will not need to supplement with it.