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5 Supplements That Are "Worthless," Say Physicians

By Heather Newgen of ETNT Health | Slide 1 of 7: Millions of people turn to supplements to help with a variety of things like weight loss, hair growth, acne, strong nails, overall health and more. But whether we should take them is a different story. While there are some benefits, there's also great risk, according to medical and health experts. Kellie K. Middleton, MD/MPH, an Atlanta-based Orthopaedic Surgeon says, "As a physician, I have extensive experience in health, fitness, and wellness. Before taking any supplement, it is essential to research the supplement and discuss its use with your physician. Supplements can be beneficial when used appropriately. However, some supplements may not be worth the money or risk taking them due to potential side effects or lack of evidence for their efficacy."Supplements are a massive business and IBIS World reports, "The market size, measured by revenue, of the Vitamin & Supplement Manufacturing industry is $39.8bn in 2023." Although the market is booming, not everyone is impressed with supplements and warns about dangerous risks.  "Unfortunately, my industry is full of trainers who sell supplements that our clients don't need," Grace Albin, an ACE-certified fitness instructor reveals to us. "Not only are these financially wasteful, some could do more harm than good. Various supplement makers contact me every week, offering high commissions for me to engage in aggressive sales tactics. But I will never recommend my followers to buy these products." Albin emphasizes, "You should only take supplements if you have a deficiency of that specific vitamin or mineral.  And if you can't resolve that deficiency through eating foods rich in the missing nutrient.   Everybody should have an annual physical where their physician reviews blood work and informs them which levels are too high or low.  A few years ago, mine showed I was low on D3 and iron, so those are the only two I take."  Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share what to know about supplements before taking them and which ones to avoid. 

5 Supplements That Are "Worthless," Say Physicians

Millions of people turn to supplements to help with a variety of things like weight loss, hair growth, acne, strong nails, overall health and more. But whether we should take them is a different story. While there are some benefits, there's also great risk, according to medical and health experts. Kellie K. Middleton, MD/MPH, an Atlanta-based Orthopaedic Surgeon says, "As a physician, I have extensive experience in health, fitness, and wellness. Before taking any supplement, it is essential to research the supplement and discuss its use with your physician. Supplements can be beneficial when used appropriately. However, some supplements may not be worth the money or risk taking them due to potential side effects or lack of evidence for their efficacy."

Supplements are a massive business and IBIS World reports, "The market size, measured by revenue, of the Vitamin & Supplement Manufacturing industry is $39.8bn in 2023." Although the market is booming, not everyone is impressed with supplements and warns about dangerous risks.  "Unfortunately, my industry is full of trainers who sell supplements that our clients don't need," Grace Albin, an ACE-certified fitness instructor reveals to us. "Not only are these financially wasteful, some could do more harm than good. Various supplement makers contact me every week, offering high commissions for me to engage in aggressive sales tactics. But I will never recommend my followers to buy these products." 

Albin emphasizes, "You should only take supplements if you have a deficiency of that specific vitamin or mineral.  And if you can't resolve that deficiency through eating foods rich in the missing nutrient.   Everybody should have an annual physical where their physician reviews blood work and informs them which levels are too high or low.  A few years ago, mine showed I was low on D3 and iron, so those are the only two I take."  Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share what to know about supplements before taking them and which ones to avoid. 

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