SupplementsSupplements in the form of pills, powders, or liquids are used to try to achieve certain goals. Sometimes people who restrict their intake of food think they can take a supplement (such as a vitamin pill) to cover their nutritional needs. This isn't true.
"Supplement," means "in addition to." Supplements are not meant to be and cannot serve as a replacement for food. Sometimes people look to supplements for a quick fix to an eating problem. A good rule is, "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is." If a product promises to "burn away fat" or "build up muscle," steer clear.
Strength, stamina, and health come from good nutrition and appropriate activity. You can't buy them in the drug store, health food store or from a magazine.
Vitamin, mineral, fiber or caloric supplements can be useful in promoting health. But it's best to discuss when and what to use with your health care provider. Getting too much of a supplement can be much more harmful than not getting enough.
ETR Associates; Series Editor: Barbara A. Cooley, MA, CHES; Text: Jane Simonson, MD