Posted on by Carolina Capellari Simon
Nowadays I see many patients, practitioners of physical activity and athletes taking supplementation. The question is: do you know if these supplements are really working or are they proven effective?
As the name says, food supplements serve to supplement or complement, when necessary, the food that in theory should be balanced. However, there is no point in consuming supplements in excess to obtain results or to "prevent" diseases, if your diet is up to date.
For you to have an idea, the food supplements segment has achieved billion dollar profits, which is fueled by people's eagerness to get results fast. It is estimated that the figures were around US $ 46 billion in 2001, in the world market.
These companies use various devices to gain space in the market, of which we can highlight: hiring doctors, health professionals and celebrities to give credibility to the promotion of products, partial (biased) interpretation of serious research, misuse of the name of renowned universities, data manipulation (usually in sponsored studies), overvaluation of results and studies that prove actions only in animals.
Serious studies fail to list half a dozen supplements that actually work or have 100% proven effectiveness. Finally, if you want something that works, schedule a consultation with a certified nutritionist in sports nutrition and a physical education professional, they will be able to assist you in this process.
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