HOW HEALTHY ARE OUR SUPPLEMENTS?
More and more people have the tendency to try to solve a nutritional gap by adding supplements to their diets. These products are meant to support (not to replace) a balanced food intake. While supplements shouldn’t be taken without the advice of a healthcare professional, we often find ourselves trying a new product that promises us an additional healthy back-up for different deficiencies we may have. But what should we NOT see on the labels of our supplements (or any other health products and foods)? Here is a list of a few dangerous items:
Why would anyone want to swallow a “pretty” but risky pink looking pill? However, sadly, artificial colors are found in a lot of supplements and foods. These colors are made by using chemicals that-if ingested continuously- they will hurt our bodies. Check the labels to see if the colorings are derived from fruits and vegetables. If not, you may buy a product that contains chemical, harsh substances which will be harmful to your health.
Experts advise that there’s not much nutritional value in adding sugar to our foods or vitamins. Despite this truth, many of them contain artificial sweeteners (like sucralose, saccharin or aspartame). Apparently, these synthetic sweeteners cause a multitude of health problems, including cancer, studies conclude. Apparently, unprocessed honey (which has potent antibacterial properties) and stevia (a safe, natural plant) are far better options for an occasional sweetener. Further, research suggests it may be wiser to use even natural sweeteners in moderation, just like regular sugar.
Mercury and PCBs
Omega-3 fatty acids have been for some time now the new health trend; we often saw and heard people choosing tuna salad or salmon steak over beef or chicken or popping an Omega 3 supplement every day. But how are we dealing with the mercury and PCBs that reportedly are found in larger fish and even in the source of omega-3 of some vitamins? If your bottle of supplements of omega-3 does not list their source in plain sight and detail, you are most likely to face some heavy metals contamination (as their source could be farmed or larger fish that are loaded with pollutants).
Specialists advise that we should avoid any dietary products containing casein hydrolystates (inferior to native casein and cheese casein). Casein has a reputation of a highly nutritious protein and has been used as an ingredient in sport nourishment products to upkeep athletic performance. All industrial caseins are protein isolates, most of which are extracted through extreme acid and heat processing, therefore lacking the essential properties. Check the labels of sports and protein drinks, powders and bars; many of these items are made with casein hydrolystate as a main ingredient and are therefore saturated with MSG.
Lastly, let’s remember that there are no “magic pills” out there and that a great overall health is achieved by eating healthy, making sports a fun environment, watching what we put in our bodies and minds. Taking a superior quality multi-vitamin is also an option, however, make sure to read the vitamin labels and to always check with a professional before adding any supplements to your diet.
Stay fit and healthy! Go PRO Best Health!
XOX ~ ROX