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Q: Are supplements as good for me as everyone says?

Posted December 18, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Is it possible that poor quality and improper use of supplements can cause harm? A recent study out of the University of Oslo in Norway shows a possible link to improper use of vitamins and supplements and decreased lifespan. Why is this? A few reasons were considered, but more research needs to be done to confirm any specific cause.

One possible link the researchers suggest is the fragile balance between supplements and our body’s own natural processes to process nutritional needs. High quality supplements, when used properly, can be beneficial. However, when poorly manufactured, low quality supplements are used, these can put more stress on our bodies than the benefits they may provide.

How and when should supplements be used? First, seek advice from qualified, knowledgeable professionals who can determine the nutrients your body needs and have access to quality, high-grade supplements. Second, be wary of buying cheap, poorly manufactured supplements you don’t need and can be harmful to your health.

What are the benefits of a proper supplementation program? Proper supplementation can help your body’s immune response and protect against disease and premature aging. It can also help you increase your energy without relying on caffeine and sugar. Finally, it can help you maintain healthy weight levels as your body’s metabolism burn properly.

So, instead of spending your money on supplements that can harm you, make healthy, informed choices to change your life. For more information on living a vibrant, healthy life, request more information by emailing us at or calling (515) 259-9336.

Information provided by Dr. Joe O’Tool, Lifestream Chiropractic, 1830 Princeton Drive, Suite D, Grimes, 259-9336.

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