Exercise Caution When Choosing Supplements
Dallas, TX, March 21, 2006 – The selection of health supplements and vitamins is overwhelming to say the least. With the wide variety and hundreds of different brands and labels, it is difficult to tell which supplements do what, which are the safe ones, and which ones you should avoid. While there is no substitute for your physicians recommendations, there are some things to keep in mind when deciding on a supplement.
Fitness Trainers To Go nutritionist Anna Yuschek, MA, has studied supplements, from the ingredients to the effects and she is a picky consumer when helping her clients decide which supplements are best for their needs. There are capsules, pills, and powders that promise increased energy, faster metabolism, and magical weight loss, among other claims. But who is telling the truth?
Yuschek tells her clients that since supplements are not regulated by the FDA, they should be extra cautious when choosing a brand. “I would only take supplements from a trusted company that has documented research backing up the claims that they make on their products,” Yuschek says. “Very few companies exist that have this research, but they are out there.”
She advises that clients pay close attention to the directions and refrain from the temptation to double doses or take too many pills in one setting. “More does not necessarily mean better,” she advises. “There are side-effects to all supplements. Even vitamins can be harmful if taken in excess.”
When it boils down to delivering her clients with the best nutritional programs, including supplements, Yuschek is sparse in her suggestions. Clients needing an energy boost are sometimes advised to take vitamin B. Yuschek suggests calcium supplements for some of her female clients, and for those looking to build muscle, she sometimes advises protein shakes, or branched chain amino acids. For clients looking for supplements to aid in weight loss she puts her foot down.
“There is no pill on the market that takes the place of diet, exercise, and a good trainer,” Yuschek says. In fact, although there is an abundance of products available, Yuschek rarely recommends supplements to her clients beyond a daily multivitamin. “It takes a lot of will power, but all goals can be achieved through proper diet and exercise.”
Vitamins and supplements are a dime a dozen and while some are effective, others can have dangerous side-effects. When trying them for yourself read the labels, pay attention to directions, and seek the advice of your physician to ensure that the material your body is ingesting is safe. In general, you can bypass most supplements altogether by creating a healthy lifestyle and frequent exercise program.
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