The answer is overwhelmingly yes.
The Science Behind Supplements that Work
A sensible diet (watch the fast food, sweets and chips) and regular exercise are the foundation of good health. On the flip side, science has produced overwhelming evidence that a sedentary lifestyle and empty nutrition are key contributors to a litany of poor health — diabetes, obesity, heart disease.
But what if plenty of exercise and a good diet aren’t enough? What if someone needs a little help getting closer to health and wellness goals? That’s the role of supplements, especially those of the highest quality, like those made by Neogenics.
To begin with, the term says it all: supplements augment and complement the nutrients we should be getting from our diets. In other words, the outcomes are better when supplementing vegetables, fruits, whole grains, good protein sources, etc. It’s less effective to supplement Big Macs, Pepsi, Dunkin Donuts … you get the idea. Supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet.
As a company that produces supplements of exceptional quality, we’re clearly biased. We also understand the limits of supplements. They are not drugs and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Let’s examine some comments from third party voices in support of supplements.
On a (literal) micro level, Harvard Medical School talks up the benefits of probiotics. “The latest research shows that probiotics may offer benefits against a range of health conditions, including allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, and gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Probiotics may even help with weight loss!” (https://www.health.harvard.edu/nutrition/the-benefits-of-probiotics-using-good-bacteria-for-better-health)
With more of a big picture view, the Council for Responsible Nutrition reports, “Almost all adults fail to get enough vitamin E, and many fall short in other vitamins and minerals, which can impact immune function. More than threequarters of women of childbearing age fail to obtain recommended amounts of iron; shortfalls can impair cognitive function, physical capability, and endurance” (https://www.crnusa.org/sites/default/files/pdfs-benefits/CRN-BenefitsBrochure-2012.pdf).
The National Institutes of Health states, “Scientific evidence shows that some dietary supplements are beneficial for overall health and for managing some health conditions. For example, calcium and vitamin D are important for keeping bones strong and reducing bone loss; folic acid decreases the risk of certain birth defects; and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils might help some people with heart disease” (https://ods.od.nih.gov/HealthInformation/DS_WhatYouNeedToKnow.aspx)/.
The FDA itself (which does not regulate supplements) states, “Some supplements can help assure that you get enough of the vital substances the body needs to function. But supplements should not replace complete meals which are necessary for a healthful diet – so, be sure you eat a variety of foods as well” (https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/what-you-need-know-about-dietary-supplements).
What options does someone have who isn’t able, for whatever reason, to exercise regularly? The right supplements can help provide a new foundation for that person to start healthy habits and feel good enough (mentally and physically) to start exercising. We’ve seen it with our Customers and the change can truly be life-changing.
The FDA also notes there are risks in taking supplements. Derek Holm, Neogenics chief operating officer and lead formulator, knows from personal experience that many companies have low standards in their product formulations. The priority for these corner cutters is to make the product as cheaply as possible and wring every cent of margin from it. Contrast that with the first principle Neogenics follows in its formulation: No compromise on quality, regardless of cost. We’re also transparent about our ingredients (including brand names) and not hiding things behind a “proprietary blend.”
We should also point out that Neogenics doesn’t offer the typical, commonplace “vitamin supplement.” We offer truly unique products. Our award-winning NeoPro Daily Probiotic™ is unlike anything else in the world. Our NeoShake™ is keto-friendly, made with enhanced whey protein isolate (not the more common, and cheaper, why protein concentrate). NeoDim supports healthy estrogen metabolism for women dealing with hormone imbalances. NeoFiber, which provides prebiotic benefits, is formulated with award-winning Suntheanine L-Theanine and dissolves clear in water.
It never hurts to check with your doctor about any supplements you are using or considering, especially if you currently take medications (and we blogged about this recently).
No, supplements aren’t a panacea. For some people, however, they make all the difference.