I have recently been getting a lot of questions regarding supplements and whether or not people that workout should be taking a supplement to improve their health or performance.
The market is so saturated with supplements nowadays and there are many question on what to take, how much to take, when to take and whether or not to take multiple supplements.
First of all a supplement is only needed if you cannot get the nutrients you require from your regular diet. Taking in extra vitamins minerals or other supplements will not make you healthier or fitter if you are already getting enough. If you do take in more than you need, depending on the supplement your body will store it as fat (in the case of extra protein) or you will excrete it in your urine.
If you think you are deficient in a specific nutrient a registered dietitian can do a diet analysis to see if you are getting all of the proper nutrients, or your doctor can get you some tests to determine if you are deficient in a specific nutrient.
For those of you that still want to take some of the performance enhancing supplements you do get what you pay for. I recommend sticking with known name brands. When you are going to try something new I recommend that you only add one thing at a time into your diet. Record any changes to your body composition or improvements in your fitness level, if any. If you find that the supplement works than you can keep it as a staple in your diet. If you don’t notice any improvement with a particular supplement than you can move on to the next product. If you take in too many supplements at one time and you have never tried them before, you cannot be sure if it was one or more than one product that made the changes. You wouldn’t want to spend your money on 3 supplements but only one is really making improvements in your fitness or health.