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5 myths about supplements you need to stop believing right now

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Society has become increasingly health-conscious, so what’s the truth about taking supplements for good health?

As more and more people sign up for gym memberships or watch their diets to stay trim and fit, health supplements are becoming more popular as many consider them a key aid on the path to fitness. But there are still common misunderstandings when it comes to taking vitamins. Here are five myths about supplements, debunked just for you.

1. You’ll get all the vitamins and minerals you need from a healthy diet

While this is technically true, it is practically impossible for a person to sustain a perfectly balanced diet unless you weigh and record every morsel that goes into your mouth. Instead of worrying if you have met your nutritional needs, it is recommended that you take a daily multivitamin to supplement your diet, with a recent study suggesting that a one-a-day supplement can aid long-term health.

2. Vitamins can be consumed in any quantity

There is a common misconception that it is okay – or even healthy – to “megadose,” also known as eating large amounts of vitamins that far exceed daily requirements. (For example, the popular old wives’ tale that says you can prevent the onset of a cold by taking large doses of vitamin C.) However there are no scientific studies proving this theory, and in fact megadosing may be detrimental to your health. The good news is that, when taken daily, a high-quality supplement like Swisse Immune containing vitamin C, zinc and copper can help support the normal functioning of your immune system, and also help to relieve tiredness and fatigue.

3. In a sunny, tropical climate you’ll get all the vitamin D you need

Most people know that vitamin D is produced in the skin when you are out under the sun. But even in a tropical climate like Singapore most of us spend nearly all our time indoors, greatly limiting our sun exposure. Plus, even though sunscreen is essential for sun protection, it also blocks your skin from absorbing the rays that will stimulate production of vitamin D. That’s why it’s a good idea to add a supplement to your diet.

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4. All vitamins are essentially the same, right?

While you’ll come across many different brands of vitamins when shopping for supplements, keep in mind that not all vitamins are created equal. It has been found that because there are no consistent standards for manufacturing supplements, there may be a different dosage of vitamins within the pill compared to what is stated on the label – so you’re not getting what you paid for. To help make sure that doesn’t happen, it’s recommended that you buy vitamins and supplements from mainstream and reliable brands that invest in up-to-date and independently verified scientific research.

5. Any omega-3 supplement will give you the same benefits

The human body requires two types of omega-3 fatty acids – docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – in a specific ratio. However, as different types of fish oil supplements are sourced from different fish they have a different balance of these two omega-3s, resulting in limited efficacy. One good option is the Swisse range of premium-quality omega-3s , which contain both EPA and DHA to support heart, brain and eye health while helping maintain a healthy nervous system.

With the truth about these common misconceptions revealed, you can now make smart and well-informed choices when deciding which supplements to take for good health. Always enjoy your life!

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