The sales of supplements are soaring into the billions and show no signs of stopping. After all, rates of obesity are also increasing and show no signs of stopping.
But you have to be really careful with what supplements you take because it’s a huge gray area.
So here is the female guide to dietary supplements:
1. All inclusive formulations: Multivitamin/mineral formulations have been around for a long time. The problem here is that research shows both increases and decreases in health when multivitamins are taken on a consistent basis. So if you do take one make sure it is very low dose.
2. Single nutrient pills: When taken in pill form, antioxidants have not shown benefits here. In fact, more often than not they actually decrease health. So make sure you get your antioxidants from whole foods, not pills. And no research has shown that vitamin C decreases cold symptoms.
3. Calcium chews and other variants: Now calcium is extremely important for the female body. The problem with taking it in supplemental form is that you can get stones. So make sure you try to get your calcium requirements from things like spinach.
4. The sun vitamin: A little time in the sun is a great way to activate vitamin D. But too much time puts you at risk for cancer, not good. And many people within the medical community are considering vitamin D to be a hormone because it is so powerful. This is one of the few cases where supplementation make sense.
5. Supplemental protein: Taking protein in supplemental form is only warranted right after a resistance training workout. During this time, when taken with carbohydrates, supplemental protein can accelerate recovery and prevent a drop in sugar.
6. Energizers: There are lots of energy drinks on the market, but the main ingredient is always caffeine. Now caffeine does have valid applications when it comes to increasing work output. However, when taken to extremes it does more harm than good.
The female frame has not changed much in the past hundred thousand years. And it will always do a better job at extracting nutrition from whole foods rather than supplements!
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