I’ve never used any type of supplements, but recently my personal trainer told me to take some multi vitamins and ZMA. I am concered about the side effects though. Any advice?
Supplements are not replacements. Your diet is the key to getting the best vitamins and minerals but supplements can help. If you’re doing your best to eat healthy foods but still are deficient in some areas, supplements will help. The key is to ensure they’re taken in addition to healthy diet choices and nutrient-dense foods. Only use supplements if you’ve been recommended them by your dr.
On what basis have you been advised to take supplements? Have you done any blood test?
I usually ask my clients to do a full blood test before even they start. It includes Zinc, D, Iron etc. For example, Iron supplements may also be required for vegetarians and vegans, but only if there is a deficiency. The test results can tell you what your body is missing and any supplements should be advised based on the result.
Getting all the vitamins and minerals that the body need from the food is a myth!! Even those who always eat healthy and clean food may suffer from vitamin deficiency because there are other external factors that are important such as sleep, sun, daily workout etc. Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Multi vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium are usually advised but the actual dose is calculated by your body weight.