Are Supplements Right for Your Body?

Just turn on the TV and you’ll see that fitness and health are important topics with just about everyone these days. You can tell by all the health-related magazines, TV and radio programs and Web sites everywhere you turn. Health information has become more common because it’s hard to stay healthy in our modern world and people are asking for all the help they can get. That’s probably because as a society our diets aren’t as naturally rich with vitamins and minerals as they used to be. Consuming calories from junk food that taste good but offer no nutrition has created a world filled with people who weigh more than they want to and are generally less healthy. That move away from what’s natural for us also means we don’t have the same intuitive understanding of what’s good for our bodies that our ancestors might have had, because in addition to fostering the trend toward eating junk food, the industrial age has caused a shift away from manual labor for many. That combination has created the need to find other ways to stay healthy.

On the surface, people look and feel more attractive if they’re fit. But as you delve deeper, you’ll discover there are many other reasons to keep the body in great shape. To begin with, people who are healthy enjoy their lives much more and stay vibrant and disease-free so much longer. Good health allows them to achieve a quality of life they wouldn’t otherwise have. These are great reasons to work on your health. If you need even more incentive, though, consider your friends and family. I’ll bet they’d all say they want you to be healthy and fit so you can stick around for as long as possible!

One method people use to stay healthy is to take supplements and vitamins. But do they really work? I think you have to answer that based on your own experience but there have been quite a few studies that suggest there is great value in supplements. One good example of this are the studies spurred by the experience of World War II English Royal Air Force pilots whose night vision improved when they ingested bilberry. Scientists studied the affect of bilberries on eye health and established a reliable connection. In point of fact, recent studies have confirmed that bilberries or bilberry supplements improve visual acuity in healthy people, and can also aid those who have eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and cataracts. Other supplements also have been proved to have a positive impact on vision eye care, such as lutein and vitamin A. And these are only a few vision-related examples. The Internet is full of documentation that details research studies on every possible substance. Of course, I don’t know how many of these other substances had the same glowing reports as bilberry. It’s important to do your own research, making sure you get the latest research data available. Remember, supplements carry risks just like medicines, so don’t take them lightly. But don’t let that stop you either. Just be thorough with your research and then do what you feel is best, based on what you discover.