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Myths about nutritional supplements

April 26, 2017

There is a lot of information from not always reliable sources that generate controversy regarding nutritional supplements.
Trying to clarify these controversies always based on what scientific knowledge provides becomes a necessity.
Among the various controversies or even myths created without scientific basis we can address:
– PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS CAUSE STONES IN THE KIDNEYS.
This concept causes in many the fear of consuming protein. In fact for the protein supplement to cause a threat to the health of the kidneys, there would have to be a very great exaggeration in the daily protein intake. When too much protein is consumed, what the body can not use is going to be eliminated primarily by the kidneys, however, kidney stone formation depends much more on other factors, particularly on genetic traits than on protein consumption.
– WHO HAS A BALANCED DIET DOES NOT NEED SUPPLEMENTS
This is an interesting subject to be approached. First of all, the question is: What is a balanced diet? It is certainly very difficult to know if the diet practiced is compatible with the requirement of the lifestyle of each one. Knowing if a diet is balanced requires specific knowledge that is not always within everyone’s reach. Often the supplement can help boost results of exercise programs, even for those who eat well. The use of certain nutrients at special times, alone and in the proper dose will certainly contribute to better results.
– ELDERLY AND CHILDREN SHOULD NOT CONSUME SUPPLEMENTS
This is another myth without foundation. Growing and developing children can have their diet adjusted with nutritional supplements to better meet certain demands of certain phases of life. It is clear that adequate guidance is indispensable, but it is always good to remember that the products that are used to “enrich” milk in childhood are nothing more than nutritional supplements.
On the other hand, the elderly have certain needs that are not always met by eating habits. Using supplements is one way to adjust these needs, always with the proper guidance. We have already discussed in this column the importance that the use of creatine can have for elderly individuals, with scientifically proven results to slow the loss of muscle mass. The bottom line is that supplements are stand-alone foods that can bring benefits if your consumption is properly targeted and based on scientific information.