The previous chapter introduced you to basic dietary supplements that support a normal balanced diet. This chapter looks at advanced dietary supplements that reduce the risk or incidence of certain conditions or diseases. The article provides an introduction to 18 common advanced supplements including melatonin, strontium, glutathione, DHEA, etc.
• Supplements are generally safe for everybody. However, always consult you doctor before embarking on a regimen of dietary supplementation, especially advanced dietary supplements.
• Taking a lot of one particular supplement while ignoring the bigger, interconnected picture can easily upset the optimum balance for your body. Moreover, some supplements can become toxic if the dosage is too large. Most of the time the average body needs just a nudge with the right supplement. For this reason, a balanced, broad-spectrum multivitamin with added minerals will be quite sufficient for most people.
• Be aware that in order for supplementation to be effective, whatever you are taking frequently requires the presence of other nutrients as a catalyst to activate or optimize its absorption. Another good reason to take a broad-spectrum multivitamin once a day. If you’re 50 or over you should automatically take a broad-spectrum multivitamin every day and seriously consider a broad-spectrum enzyme supplement as well. Both will greatly help absorption of nutrients from your diet and slow the aging process. It may be one of the best investments you ever make – prevention, as ever, is better than cure. Remember, eating and absorption are not, unfortunately, the same thing. We all eat, but as we age it is increasingly difficult for our bodies to extract the nutrients.
• Supplements, as their name implies, are not a replacement for a normal balanced diet.