Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why even healthy people may benefit from regular doses of supplements. Also, what kind of benefits do they actually have for the human body?
Talking about your health
Just when you thought you couldn’t get any healthier, along comes an article with a questionable title that flips your beliefs upside down. Many people take supplements to make up for something missing in their eating plan. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin C from citrus fruits, you might take vitamin C supplements to bolster your immune system or fight a cold.
However, what if you’re already healthy? What if you don’t actually need supplements because you’ve got a healthy, well-rounded diet, exercise regularly, and you believe that your body is in the best shape possible for your age?
Well, in that case, you really don’t need to take supplements as much as other people. But that’s not to say that they can’t still improve the health of some people.
Supplements designed to help healthy people
There are several supplements healthy people consider taking. There are brands like Rich Minerals that promote their 90 for life supplements that are specifically targeted at healthy individuals because they offer health-boosting effects for those that already have a full diet.
Also, there are some minerals and supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamin D, that may offer health benefits even for those who already consider themselves to be healthy. However, it’s important to note that being “healthy” carries many different meanings. Let’s discuss below in more detail.
Misconceptions about what is considered healthy
Just because you’re trying to eat healthily and promote a good diet, it doesn’t mean that you’re actually getting all the nutrients needed. Unless you meticulously keep an eye on your meals and snacks, you probably won’t be able to get the recommended amount of things such as vitamins, folic acid, and metals such as zinc and iron.
Furthermore, many people drink things like honey lemon tea when they have flu symptoms because it helps to bolster their immune system. That may enable a faster recovery than they might have otherwise.
The same principle can apply to taking slightly more of a certain vitamin—as long as you’re not overdosing on it. But always check with your doctor before doing so to ensure it’s safe and the best route for you.
Many people have misconceptions about what they consider as healthy, but the truth is that everyone’s body is different. Each person requires different amounts of certain nutrients.
In addition, health should be a combination of both physical and mental health. For instance, the amount of protein someone needs is actually dependent on their body weight, not some arbitrary number.
To truly test the effects of supplements and minerals, such as iron, on your body, you’ll need to take them for an extended period of time and perform regular checkups with your doctor on your health to determine what changes your body is actually going through.
Always see your doctor before consuming supplements. They will help you determine what is best for you. This article does not replace medical advice.
Top photo: Supplements for already healthy people? There can be benefits for some people. Image via Pexels, CC0 License.
31 thoughts on “Can supplements benefit someone who is already healthy?”
Born in a sunny country. I’m currently living in The UK. Getting vitamin D was an important addition into my diet. I felt more comfortable and more energetic. Good post Christy.
A lot of what you supplement can be found in your healthy diet. Depending on the supplement I sometimes try to examine what I’m eating first and supplements complement my diet. I also try to research any brand before using it, unfortunately supplements, proteins and the such aren’t regulated or tested very well by the FDA and some companies like GNC have been caught faking their supplements when the FDA did finally test.
I wouldn’t be without my supplements. There are certain vitamins and minerals that we don’t get enough of from food. :) xx
Yes, exactly, Debby. They can fill in the “gaps” ;)
Yes. :) xx
Thanks for the informative post!
Great writing and thanks for the information about supplements. Great adwise! 💞
Brilliant post because it’s quite a debatable topic, especially as, like you say, the definition of healthy varies in terms of what we all think and expect. x
It’s true.. it hinges on that definition. You’re a great support here xx
I do my best to eat healthy and exercise, and I feel healthy! I noticed though that I lacked energy (two kids under 3 will do that to you) so I started taking a supplement for the first time in my life… After three weeks, I told my husband, “I actually feel energetic today!” I didn’t make the connection between the supplement and my energy levels until a week later. I had always been a little skeptical of supplements too, but I am a believer now! Great post!
I am so happy to hear that you’re finding your energy boosting :) I like your positive spirit, Jessica!
Brilliant post !! Where eating habits are gone wrong, an absolutely guiding post !!
I shook my head and laughed a little, at “supplements specifically s
Oopsie pressed a button before I should have 🙁 Above comment should be – I shook my head and laughed a little, at “supplements that are specifically targeted at healthy”. Does this not make you question the true logic, reasoning behind doing such a thing? Is it truly for the reason of trying to make an already healthy person, healthy….or…? Surely a person is either healthy or unhealthy, not healthy, healthy?
Healthy is as healthy does? Or health to the max? Can healthy get healthier ~ Ah! There’s where the ultimate question lies ;)
Thanks for this informative post.
I’ve always been a bit skeptical of supplements. Basically zero regulation on them. Heard plenty of horror stories about them too. “Frontline” on PBS aired a really good documentary that I highly recommend, I believe it was called “Supplements and Safety” and I think you can stream it on PBS.com for free.
Will have to check it out! I looked up your podcast yesterday and found it quite useful ~ thanks for telling me about it :)
hi Christy. I love your blog. easy and fun to read. keep writing. thank you.
Thank you, Zheng! I hope you are enjoying married life :)
Such an informative post. I recently started taking supplements for hair, skin and nails. And your post was quite helpful.
Oh that’s great! Are the supplements helping strengthen your nails?
Yeah, I definitely feel a change. Earlier they used to break so easily. I think they are getting stronger. :D
You always write very good blog, with lot of useful information. Well done!
I enjoy following your blog too! You’re quite the traveler :)
If you are ever in doubt about if a supplement is a good idea for you personally, the best solution is to consult your doctor. He/she can tell you if you’re actually lacking in certain nutrients you should be taking a specific supplement for, or if something you want to take could be potentially harmful.
Always consult your GP first ~ Agree. They know your medical history best and where you’re currently at health-wise.
I like these types of supplements.
As a vegetarian, I have found the vitamin B strips have improved my energy. My doctor recommended it, and apparently you can’t take too, much. It stores in the tip of your liver.
Oh that is great to hear that you’ve found those strips useful, Resa. You always have such insightful comments :) Thank you for them!
I don’t believe in these supplements.