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There’s been a lot of press lately about nutritional supplements – and it hasn’t been all good.

Less than a week ago a Cochrane Library review announced omega-3 fish oil supplements offer no benefits for heart health. It was news that made numerous headlines. And that’s just one example.

So should you keep or start taking supplements? Or not?

Well that’s a question nobody can really answer, despite the fact that some experts will have a damned good try. In the anti-supplements camp are those who say you can get everything you need by eating a balanced diet. Meanwhile the pro-supplementeers point out few of us really eat healthily all of the time (many of us don’t eat healthily at all). And that’s to say nothing of the fact that food these days is lower in nutrients than it used to be because of mineral depletion in our soil. Supplements, they say, are an easy way of making sure your body gets what it needs every day. But those against them claim all they do is help you produce expensive urine.

Whatever. If you already take supplements, there’s probably a good reason why. You may take them for specific reasons – a lack of energy, a dodgy knee or frequent colds, for example (I’m in the dodgy knee camp). Do they work? Only you can be the judge. There is science for and against the use of supplements. But when you get right down to it, only you can decide. If you’ve been taking a particular supplement for some time, there’s a good chance it is working – and if the benefit is down to the placebo effect, so what? A benefit is a benefit, however it works. On the other hand if you’ve taken a supplement with no positive effect, of course you’re not going to spend any more of your well-earned on it, are you?

One of the problems associated with supplements is knowing what to take, and whether or not a particular brand is a good one (as in it provides what it says it provides in an amount that will offer some therapeutic benefit). So if you’re at this stage, let me offer a suggestion.

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So if you’ve never dipped your toe into the sea of supplements, now’s a good time to give them a try. Listen to your body, you’ll know if they’re having an effect.

Oh, and if you wanted to know if supplements have had any effect on my dodgy knee, well I’m still taking them. What does that tell you?

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