Always verify, never trust
There is a lot of noise in the supplement industry, often manufacturers claim things that may or may not be true and use language that might be confusing to consumers in an attempt to deceive them into buying the product.
That’s why it’s important to always separate fact from fiction, so we’ve rounded up and debunked the top 5 supplements myths today.
Myth #1: More = Better.
In most cases, people tend to stick to the instructed dosage of any supplement or medicine, but in some cases, people will take a large dosage of a supplement in an effort to get immediate or better results. This is totally unnecessary. In fact, the term “less is more” applies perfectly here.
You should only take the clinically-based dosage. Any deviation from that may do more bad than good.
A higher dosage of a supplement won’t necessarily get you quicker or better results, It will most likely produce unwanted effects.
So, please stick with research-supported supplement dosages.
More does not equal better.
Myth #2: Supplements with higher amounts of ingredients are better.
Just because a supplement contains large quantities of specific ingredients, it does not mean that it’s better. Taking more than required, usually does not have any added value, and in some cases may be harmful.
If the Daily Value is listed as 50%, that means that one serving will provide you with 50% of the daily value of that nutrient.
If the supplement contains more than 100% DV for a nutrient, that just means, you are taking more than the suggested daily amount of that nutrient.
Myth #3: Supplements hurt liver and kidney function.
This couldn’t be any further from the truth. In fact, many supplements enhance kidney and liver function, not harm it.
For example, vitamins and minerals are cofactors in your liver’s natural detoxification process. And there are a number of herbs that help this process as well. Beyond that, there are even antioxidants that protect your kidneys from the toxins they filter on a daily basis.
Myth #4: Supplements are immediate.
People think that if a supplement doesn’t offer noticeable results in a matter of days, it simply doesn’t work.
This is totally false, when it comes to supplements, a little bit of patience can go a long way.
There is no general rule of thumb for time frames, but to play it safe, always give it at least a couple of months. Consistency and patience are what usually produce results. Sorry to break the news to you.
Myth#5: SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD DISSOLVE IN WATER!
“If this supplement doesn’t dissolve in a glass of water; it won’t dissolve in your stomach.” - how many times have we heard this one?
This too is, of course, nowhere to be true. Your stomach acid is composed of hydrochloric acid. It’s one of the most corrosive compounds around. When concentrated, it can even dissolve metal! That’s why many of us literally laugh when we hear this myth being repeated.
Putting a pill in a glass of water in no way simulates the conditions in your stomach. Water has a slightly neutral pH— and yes, it can dissolve substances, but not nearly as effectively as hydrochloric acid can.
Supplement companies test their products for dissolution. This is part of the quality control process. And guess what? They don’t use water!
There are dozens of supplement myths circulating the Internet, but you should be sure to look for factual information and relevant sources that can properly explain whether these are just myths or beneficial sources of information that need to be handled with extra care. Of course, many are misleading and quite confusing, which can make it harder to decide whether to use a particular supplement or not.
So be sure to always verify, never trust.