Are Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Worth It? A Look at Their Benefits and Costs
- Supplements have become a popular way to augment nutrition, physical health, mental health, and performance
- Vitamin and mineral supplements provide an insurance policy against nutritional deficiencies in diet
- Skeptics argue that vitamin and mineral supplements just produce expensive urine
- The cost of the supplement should be within the range the person can afford, and they should consider if they are able to regularly ingest enough foods with enough variety to cover their vitamin and mineral needs from food.
Discovering the Benefits of Foundational Supplements for Stress Management
- Foundational supplements often include vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and adaptogens
- These are designed to improve the body’s ability to buffer against stressors
- They should make up 80% of a person’s food intake and be taken with food early in the day
- Excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals can cause buildup of fat-soluble vitamins and should be avoided
- Many water-soluble B vitamins should not be taken on an empty stomach as it can cause stomach upset
- Some adaptogens such as ashwagandha can reduce cortisol levels but also have effects related to hormone augmentation.