Health And Beauty Section Of A Grocery Store Essay

707 Words Mar 30th, 2016 3 Pages
Anyone who has ever ventured into a pharmacy or to the health and beauty section of a grocery store will have likely run into a wall of supplements. Okay, not a literal wall, but a section or isle dedicated solely to supplements — an overwhelming amount of supplements. Vitamins, minerals, fatty acids (such as fish oils), amino acids, probiotics, and herbal products fill the shelves with an eager consumer base happily purchasing them in hopes of better health and wellbeing. Ironically though, many of the labels will include information about what the products is suppose to do — provides essential minerals, supports digestive health, helps support immune function — and then on the back, in small print with an asterisk, you will find this statement:

“*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids are essential to our health. In theory you should be able to meet all of your nutritional needs through diet and safe sun exposure. Probiotics also occur naturally in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso. Herbal supplements fall into a different category. While not essential to survival, they are sold as an alternative to conventional medicine to treat illness and improve health. So, should you supplement?

The Case Against Supplementing
While supplementing seems like an easy way to get your…

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