Health supplements have created various issues which encouraged both the medical and non-medical community to have in-depth discussions, conduct additional research, or acquire solid proof about its use or necessity, safety, and effectiveness.


The questions as to who needs health supplements and when they are needed, are they safe to take, and do they really work are regularly revisited and reviewed. While some current answers to the questions have proven themselves to be in need of additional study and research there are also answers that remain to prove the need, safety, or effectiveness of health supplements.


The 2 most important facts that to remember are: a health supplement is not a substitute for a balanced and healthy diet and that it is not to be viewed as some kind of medicine.


Certain individuals may not be urgently in need of health supplements and to some it may even be harmful. It is always advisable to seek proper medical consultation and advice to know which health supplements you need and in what doses you should be taking those supplements.


Individuals who lack vitamin, mineral, or nutrient intake and who may need health supplements and benefit from them are identified. They are pregnant and breastfeeding women, alcoholics, smokers, illegal drug users, people allergic to certain food, crash dieters (chronic low-calorie diets) and vegetarians, elderly people, those suffering from abnormality of the gastrointestinal tract to absorb food nutrients, those who are suffering from bleeding problems, and those that have unbalanced and unhealthy diet.


For those exploring the use of health supplements, have a look here and get to know its most common types. Remember, before using a health supplement, seek proper medical advice and check that the health supplement product has FDA approval.

  1. Ginseng


Ginseng is known to boost energy, improve cognitive function, prevent flu, lower blood sugar, treat erectile dysfunction, and has anti-inflammatory properties.


Ginsenosides which are found in ginseng is said to be responsible for ginseng’s clinical effects. Still, study and research are presently being done to confirm the benefits of ginseng as a health supplement.


  1. Fish Oil


Fish oil is commonly known and is demand for its Omega-3 component. Omega-3 fatty acids are said to have the following clinical properties or therapeutic role although some of them have weak or no scientific or medical evidence: prevents cardiovascular disease, lowers risk of cancer, treats developmental disabilities and cognitive problems, lowers inflammation, treats mental health problems such as depression due to bipolar disorder, improves brain and visual functions, and prevents asthma attacks in children.

  1. Green Tea


Green tea supplements, still seeking conclusive evidence in human clinical research for some of its health benefits, are widely known to promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer, lower blood pressure, and prevent cardiovascular disease.