Can Supplements Improve the Health of Someone Who Is Already Healthy?

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 in their diet. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin C from citrus fruits, then you might resort to taking vitamin C supplements to bolster your immune system and help with common conditions such as a cold.

However, what if you’re already healthy? What if you don’t actually need supplements because you’ve got a healthy diet, you exercise regularly and you believe that your body is in the best shape it could possibly be 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 your health. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why everyone, even healthy people, should take regular doses of supplements and what kind of benefits they actually have for the human body.

Omega-3 and other supplements

Supplements for healthy people? There can be benefits. Image via Pexels, CC0 License.

Supplements designed to help healthy people

There are several supplements that healthy people should 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 healthy diet.

In addition to this, there are some minerals and supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and vitamin D that offer health benefits even if you already consider yourself as a healthy person. However, it’s important to note that being “healthy” carries many different meanings, which I’m going to explain below in a lot more detail.

Misconceptions on 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 you need. Unless you meticulously keep an eye on your diet, 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.

To add to that, there’s really no harm in taking a bit extra as long as you don’t go overboard. Many people drink things such as honey lemon tea when they have flu symptoms because it helps to bolster their immune system and it lets them recover faster. The same principle can be applied to taking slightly more of a certain vitamin—as long as you’re not overdosing on it, it’s not necessarily bad for you.

Many people have misconceptions on what they consider as healthy, but the truth is that everyone’s body is different and we all require 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.

So in order to truly test the effects of supplements and minerals on your body, you’ll need to take them for an extended period of time and perform regular checkups on your health to determine what changes your body is actually going through.

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33 thoughts on “Can Supplements Improve the Health of Someone Who Is Already Healthy?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Such an informative post. I recently started taking supplements for hair, skin and nails. And your post was quite helpful.
    Thanks!

  4. 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.

    • 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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