Last week another study came out, this time talking about Omega-3, saying that there’s no scientific proof that it does anything to help one’s heart. It’s just the latest study that’s been done on something that health food advocates have sworn will heal this or help that which have been disproven.
What’s going on? There’s a lot of historical “proof” that many things will help cure different diseases or help to make us healthy. How many American mothers raised their children under the mantra “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”? Yet how many people now know that apples are one of the highest fruits in sugar content, thus high on the glycemic index and something that diabetics have to worry about having too much of?
Truth be told, if most people eat a proper diet they’re going to get all the nutrition they need most of the time. Sure, there are people who miss out on some nutrients because they don’t eat a true balanced diet, but in today’s world there are so many foods infused with so many vitamins and other things that it’s nearly impossible not to get at least a little bit of what you need from somewhere.
For instance, if you eat any cereal whatsoever, you’re covering yourself for a lot of vitamins that you used to have to eat something specific for. We don’t have scurvy anymore, even though everyone doesn’t eat oranges or citrus fruit, because it’s in so many other foods.
Back to supplements. With every passing day some college or independent research facility is putting a supplement to the test to see if it really offers any benefit that it’s stated to do. Anyone can put out a supplement and get around FDA regulations by saying it’s “not really” a medicine. Anyone can say they did a study to prove this or that. Then real science gets in the way and says “no, that’s not true”.
I’m not saying that maybe some supplements won’t help. What I am saying is that one needs to look at these things with a critical eye instead of just listening to the person in the health food store who’s telling you how great something is. You need to check out stories that will give you general information about nutritional supplements and make informed decisions instead.