By Natural Advocate | April 30, 2011 - 5:15 pm - Posted in Herbal Supplements

I just love when the medical community tries to poo poo the fact that a lot of Americans find some serious value in taking supplements to supplement their diet and their lifestyle. Of course, there is no denying that a healthy, balanced diet and healthy living and exercising is the best way to stay in great shape.

However, supplements have definitely enhanced my life and my health, and no one could every convince me that is not true. I know how I feel when I’m taking my supplements that have been a staple in my every day life, and I know how I feel when I stop them for a little while too – I don’t feel as good, look as good, or function the same way.

So there, I know that for me, supplements make a huge difference in my quality of life and the way I feel every day.  So I can’t help it that every time a new medical study debunks some herb or natural compound that people swear by, I have an irksome feeling that someone is trying to rain on my parade.

The fact is, many herbs have bioactive compounds in them that make you feel or look a certain way. Just like conventional medicines, which by the way, are based in plant science largely, many herbal remedies definitely initiate some sort of chemical reaction in the body.  Sometimes it’s a desirable one, and sometimes it’s not. It all depends on the person and their individual tolerance and chemistry.

Just the mere fact that over 50% of our population takes some sort of supplement is telling that many different supplements work for people.  The majority of the public who has stated that they use supplements actually take a multi vitamin, but many also take supplements that are not considered a multi vitamin, like an omega 3 supplement, or a thyroid supplement and things of that nature.

Vitamin D is also gaining a huge popularity in vitamin taking, since it has been revealed that most people are deficient in vitamin D. Even though the official recommendation is seemingly way under what most people need to actually flourish and avoid cancer and other deadly diseases that we are now finding are associated to a deficiency in this pivotal vitamin.

What makes me really angry is that I feel there is a great deal of misinformation about vitamin D still being perpetuated by the greater system.  I firmly believe that my vitamin D consumption, and the fact that I get regular dosese of UV light, has created an environment where I rarely get sick. I think that it has greatly improved my immunity, and no one can tell me different.

When it comes right down to it, taking supplements is a very personal choice. Especially since supplements work differently for everyone.

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