We discuss the myths that revolve around food supplements.

After all, do dietary supplements work or not?

There is still no specific regulation for dietary supplements and there is no prospect that this will happen. But what are they anyway?

Food supplements are intended to supplement the diet of healthy individuals. Although they are sold without a nutritional or medical prescription, not everyone needs them. The ideal is to use them with accompaniment.

They are products consisting of concentrated sources of substances like vitamins, minerals, fibers, proteins, amino acids, acids (like omega-3), herbs and extracts, probiotics, amino acids, enzymes, among others. Supplements may have nutritional, metabolic or physiological effects that are intended to complement normal food. The product may be presented in tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquids and suspensions.

Although they may be an added value, it is important to remember that the actual foods are the main elements that give energy and other nutrients to the body. In some situations however, food can not guarantee the supply of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. In these cases, dietary supplements can help fill what’s lacking.

Supplements do not replace food. They work as coadjuvants and it is important to remember that it is best to seek a specialist when we intend to take them.