The word ‘supplement’ as defined by the Oxford English dictionary means ‘a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it’. Thus, it is not a comprehensive product. There is not a single nutrient in nature that is given to us in an isolated state.
The human body, too, does not absorb any nutrient in total isolation. Had this been a fact, then, there would have been perfect nutritional concoctions. Unfortunately, there is no pill for every ill. Food would have been a bygone entity. For every nutrient — for example: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals — there would have been a condensed and compact product from the pharma companies.
In nature, there is not a single tree that gives us protein isolates or high carb, etc. Nature tends to supply us nutrients in the exact ratio and meticulous proportion as we need them. The requirement of protein by the human body is hyped by the pharma companies in order to sell their wares.
Let me throw light on a few incidents:
The athletes and best physique champions who have been endorsed by supplement manufacturers might not have even tasted it once. The costs incurred in producing these supplements do not correlate to their selling price and raw material availability. An example would suffice in this regard; Creatine monohydrate is a supplement like many others and it is manufactured by processing two pounds of red meat to obtain 5 grams of Creatine.
Creatine is a non-essential amino acid i.e., it can be made by the human body itself. It is stored in the skeletal tissue and is used as energy in explosive kinds of movements, and the maximum benefit it gives to a muscle is by enhancing the water content in the muscle which makes it look hypertrophied sans definition. The burden of clearing the accumulated toxins, thus, is borne by the liver and the kidneys which, in the process, get damaged.
There are also many supplements which are laced with steroids. Steroid, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, is defined as: “Any of a class of natural or synthetic organic compounds with a molecular core, or molecules of 17 carbon atoms, examples include many hormones which include testosterone.”
These steroids, when adulterated with the protein supplements, enhance protein metabolism which result in quick recovery and muscular hypertrophy. In spite of their potency, they are sold as supplements and not as scheduled drugs and come without any clinical report. Hence, it cannot ever be prescribed by the doctors.
My personal opinion, thus, is that the patients in hospitals need it more than healthy individuals training in gymnasiums; hence, wouldn’t it be wise on the supplement manufacturing companies to supply where it would be ethically and morally more appropriate?There is nothing called super health, but, yes, there is something called good health which is provided by nature to those who respect its laws.