Supplements-are they really necessary?
Some of the questions that we get asked on a regular basis are:
What supplements do you use?
What supplements should I take?
Do we really need supplements or are they just a waste of money?
The problem with supplements is that there are always new ones coming out and they all promise to be the answer to losing weight, increasing testosterone levels or ones that contain the most energy boosting power.
Whilst some supplements do work there are more out there that really not needed. If I were to choose three supplements that I would suggest to my clients the following would be my choices.
Omega 3 fish oil.
Fish oil is a supplement that has grown in popularity and for good reason as it has a variety of health benefits. With most of the people that we coach after looking at their food diaries the first decision that needs to be made is do they need omega 3 only or omega 3&6.
If we go back to really old days, our diets were mainly fish and berries with the occasional other meat source thrown in if we could catch it. Now a days the western diet with all of our spreads and oils that we use is very much dominated by omega 6. Whilst omega 6 is still a very healthy fat source it does have some issues in excess, for example it does have inflammatory effects on the body whereas Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties so supplementing with omega 3 fish oil can be very advantageous to a lot of people.
The best place to get vitamin D is of course from the natural sunlight, as I am sure you are all aware that is something that we sadly lack in this country. The use of Vitamin supplementation can provide long term protection against bone deterioration and can improve ones mood. When Vitamin D is taken in partnership with Vitamin K and Magnesium it can have a more powerful effect within the body.
Vitamin D is a safe and effective supplement that can be used long term, so it should be considered by many people as good supplement to use.
Creatine is probably one of the most studied supplements on the market today. It has long been used by strength athletes and weight lifters to great effect. Creatine is an energy source for the body, it helps to fuel your body through tough exercise sessions whilst promoting the rate of muscle growth.
Creatine is a relatively cheap supplement and can be used longterm, along with providing more energy to the cells it is also reported to enhance physical performance, muscle growth and liver health.
So these are the three supplements that I personally use and that I would recommend to my clients. As mentioned earlier there are many different types of supplements out there and they work for some but not all. The best advice that I can give is to research the supplements that you are thinking of taking, don’t just take my word for it or one other persons word for it research it and if the advice that you are getting makes sense then try it, if you listen to the advice and doesn’t make sense leave it well alone.