All good points above. Fwiw, I'm not anti-supplements, I take some (fish oil, a really good multi). But those are based on specific personal deficiencies revealed by blood work; it took me some time to find a multi with a specific formulation for my needs. What I doubt works very well is the targeted supplementation for a single, specific problem; that's the stuff of magazine articles often funded by the companies that sell the supplements (e.g. "Have hair loss? Take X!") But yeah, the placebo effect is super powerful and unless you go crazy they shouldn't harm you.ker0uac wrote: ↑Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:48 amRight, every time I hear of a supplement, I look to see which foods are rich with it. For instance, omega-3 and iron. But glucosamine which seems to be the "most popular" for joint health can only be extracted from shell fish .TomPierce wrote: ↑Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:41 am Personally, if you're just looking at joint health, I'm with Justin. Eat a healthy diet for sure, but work on strength/flexibility, and resolve any structural issues with therapy (maybe some good orthotics?) I've never believed that supplements can target maladies all that effectively, e.g. "I have poor night vision, so I'll eat a lot of carrots."
Also, as brought up by Bean, unfortunately nowadays, even the "healthy" foods are poor of nutrients. I know I know, "buy organic and fresh". I do that too.
I'd also caution that you probably should look at the issue wholistically. Take Vitamin D? My recollection is that it needs to be coupled with Vit A to be metabolized well, so too with iron and Vit C (but really watch iron, it can cause havoc in men). And if you want to lower triglycerides, eat some eggs; but not too much, it'll spike your bad cholesterol if your blood glucose runs high (I speak from experience on that one). My point is that taking a single supplement may not be effective if you don't look at the broader picture, the effect it could cause elsewhere. There is no free lunch, right? Just my opinions and experience.