The MLM companies have promoted the issue of supplements so much that balance is key.
How vitamins and other dietary supplements can contain about anything.
In Nigeria, our peculiar environment; we are in charge of ensuring the safety of what we put into and on our bodies.
In our time, we have seen food additives boom.
For some time now, we have seen and condoned the emergence of supplements.
I call it ‘The Rise Of Dietary Supplements’.
Many companies publicise their products as being the ultimate solution to medical problems.
Products now sold in the rapidly expanding industry of dietary supplements include not just vitamin and mineral formulas, but those derived from herbs, glands, amino acids, and enzymes of all sorts, in any combination and amount, sold as tablets, capsules, gel caps, powders, or liquids.
In Nigeria now, companies are cashing in on the booming market for dietary supplements.
But hey, multivitamins, vitamins and dietary supplements are no substitutes to diets.
Many are guilty of choking them down or down their parents’ and grand parents’ throats.
I am not so concerned that these supplements, especially the unregulated ones do not really hurt anybody, but that they probably do.
I am bothered by about where these products are coming from and what’s in them.
As a physician, I am more worried about lack of regulation and where legitimate patient is downing loads of expensive supplements when they should be taking real medicine. Many carry unfounded claims about what the product does.
While not antagonizing these products I challenge us all, especially the consumers to:
Always read the contents of such bottles.
Always pass it through your physician anytime you consider such supplements
Avoid using where there is no label.
In actual sense, many of these supplements are exorbitant and I feel need for them is a consequence of poor diet.
I love you, I love your health.
Your favourite family physician,