Why Take Supplements?
When taken correctly and appropriately, supplements are frequently the key to solving many symptoms and other health concerns. As individuals become vitamin and nutrient deficient, their bodies begin to alert them through evidence of lack in certain areas. For example, one might feel extra sluggish or sad if they are particularly deficient in vitamin D. One being low in vitamin D could lead to effects such as anxiety, depression, or hair loss. Additionally, it is crucial to evaluate one’s diet before supplementation. The medication is not a substitute for a nutritious diet but should work with it for optimal results.Â
It is also imperative to check that one’s supplements do not contain any products to which the consumer’s body is allergic. If an individual takes supplements that they are allergic to, then they risk possible inflammatory reactions. Quality supplements will be labeled with contained allergens and possess a reasonable daily value of the purchased vitamin.
Deciphering Quality from Quantity:
A supplement that is abnormally high in certain nutrients does not necessarily mean it is better. The human body is designed to operate with specific nutrients to function correctly. Therefore, taking ten times the daily recommended amount of a particular nutrient does not equate to increased health benefits. Instead, the individual could simply be overloading their body and, in turn, will dispose of these extra nutrients later as their body ultimately has no use for them.Â
Quality supplements will hold reasonable amounts of nutrients to treat inflammation within the musculoskeletal system and organs effectively. Without proper vitamins and minerals, the body becomes malnourished, and other areas begin to suffer. Furthermore, understanding the appropriate way to read a nutrition label and having a firm understanding of one’s nutritional needs are helpful tools in bettering overall health. In these ways, quality versus quantity is typically best when choosing which supplements to take.Â Â
The Musculoskeletal System and Supplements
Science has proven time and time again that natural products are primarily beneficial in soothing and treating muscular inflammation. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states that supplements such as turmeric, Omega-3 fatty acids, ginger, and bromelain (pineapple plant), to name a few, can help treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.Â
The anti-inflammatory properties contained within supplements are valuable resources when evaluating courses the best possible courses of treatment for a patient. However, it is essential to consult with a nutritionist or doctor, if possible, to be sure of which products are best suited for the individual. These healthcare professionals will have access to labs that will aid in the determination of potential allergies, food sensitivities, and deficiencies.Â
Utilizing the properties and nutrients of natural and safe supplements is nothing new. However, the understanding and mass scientific research performed and studied by doctors and healthcare professionals worldwide regarding supplementation are in advanced stages. Pairing these labs and effective products together could be the start of an incredible journey of healing inflammation and the musculoskeletal system. – Faith Arciniaga
N.A. (n.d.). Musculoskeletal inflammation and natural products: What the Science says. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved September 30, 2021, from www.nccih.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/musculoskeletal-inflammation-and-natural-products-science.
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