Americans religiously take their vitamins. A recent Gallup poll found that roughly half of Americans take a daily vitamin or supplement to boost their nutrition and health. That means that over a hundred million Americans have the daily habit of taking some kind of supplement to try and benefit their health. The human body is a walking collection of repeating chemical reactions. In the age of a global pandemic, the reasons that many people are searching for immunity supplements have likely changed. While these supplements may have been primarily taken with specific and personal goals for compromised immunity, we must now all be aware of our health and our body's immune response. We have provided below a list of some supplements that are commonly used to help boost immunity. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but one of the best things to support your immune system is a healthy diet and exercise, potentially along with additional supplements recommended by your physician.
This initial list provides a brief overview of some of the mainstream supplements that are commonly used to promote immunity. However, we think it is also essential to give you a guide that gives some information about what to avoid in supplements as well. This is because there is a lack of regulatory accountability in the claims made as to the effects and contents of supplements. Customers are usually on their own in parsing through a litany of false claims. So, we’ve also included a list below of things you can avoid to make sure you don't get hosed by vendors merely looking to make a quick buck off of your legitimate interest in health and wellness.
Avoid additives and fillers. Individual companies will use these ingredients copiously, most commonly using magnesium stearate, gelatin, and soy lecithin. These are generally unnecessary compared to other important vitamins and minerals found in supplements.
Don’t put 100% trust in online reviews. While they can sometimes be a useful review, it’s been suggested that over half of Amazon reviews are paid content. It can be difficult to navigate a lot of content on the internet that is specifically designed to trap you into buying a product. Look at the vendor's values and make sure they align with your own.
If a company doesn't provide a money-back guarantee, then practicing extra caution is advisable. If you're having trouble getting clarity on something like this, it could be a warning sign that you should find a different vendor!
What To Be Aware Of When Seeking Vitamins
Although vitamins are generally considered safe, there are still things that any informed consumer should be aware of before purchasing any product. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the contents of medicine and food to ensure purity and to prevent contaminants from entering these necessities, does not guarantee the truthfulness of claims that health and wellness vendors make about their products. Vitamins are regulated as a supplement. This effectively means that the federal government does not verify the claims made by vitamin sellers or the contents of their products. Fear not, there are many private methods for finding the best vendors in the space. Make sure to vet the company you’re purchasing your supplements from, and also make sure they can independently verify the contents of their supplements.
It’s also advisable to always check with your medical professional or primary care physician when integrating a supplement into your health and wellness routine. While the above interactions are the most common and well-understood, specificities to each person's individual health and body may significantly affect interactions of vitamins. In other words, if you have a health or genetic condition that sets you apart from the general population, vitamins may not work the same way on your body the way they do on others.
Who Should NOT Take Vitamins and Supplements?
Some people who have underlying health conditions should avoid vitamins unless specifically recommended by a physician. While vitamins are mostly a good thing and can supply proper nutrients for our body, sometimes too much can cause serious problems.
These guidelines are, of course, general, and can at any time be overridden by the advice of your primary care physician. If there is one thing to glean from this article, it is that everybody's vitamin needs are quite different. You cannot rely on general information to construct your vitamin regiment. It is much safer to consult your physician. If possible and financially feasible, it is also beneficial to take a micronutrient test to precisely determine what deficiencies you may have, which you can then share with your health professional to figure out the right treatment for you.
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