Health experts are trying to figure out what the nutritional value of a supplement is and whether a high-dose supplement is better than a low-dose one.
The question was posed by CNN Health correspondent Rachel Maddow in a segment aired Thursday, and Maddow asked, “How much does a daily dose increase your body’s capacity to function, your health?”
In this excerpt from her show, Maddow explains that some supplements have been shown to help with weight loss.
“What we need to be very clear on is that the body can’t function without vitamins and minerals.
It needs a healthy diet.
That’s why we need a balanced diet, and not a diet that is going to lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases,” she says.
“And what I’m trying to say is, just because you can’t make people eat a high dose of a certain vitamin doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a benefit in terms of health, or that it doesn and shouldn’t be taken.”
In response to Maddow’s question, one expert told her that there is a “substantial difference between taking a high dosage of a nutrient and a high calorie, high sugar diet.”
“So I think that’s an important distinction that we need make,” said Dr. William Loughlin, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama.
Loughlin said that people who take a high level of vitamins and supplements often experience a “delicate balance” between their nutritional needs and the calories they need to survive.
“If they’re eating too much and too little, if they’re overeating and they’re not getting enough of those nutrients, then it can have a negative effect on their body,” he said.
“And that’s what happens to the body when you’re not eating enough nutrients.
It goes to the liver, it goes to your kidneys, and ultimately to your cells, which then can lead to cancer and other things.”
Dr. Loughlins research has shown that people with diabetes often experience lower levels of vitamins in their diet, so he said that in order for a supplement to be considered beneficial, the amount of vitamins needed must be higher than what is typically consumed in the diet.
“The body needs nutrients to function and the more you eat the less the body needs,” he explained.
“So if you’re consuming too much, the liver and your kidneys can get a little less, and if you eat too little it can lead you to develop cancer.
So it’s a balance that’s going to have to be maintained.”
Maddow then asked another question about how much nutrition is needed to sustain a person’s health, and Loughlis said it depends on the type of supplement.
“A supplement is going of what is a good nutritional value,” he told Maddow.
“It can be a lot of vitamins, it can be very little, and then it depends a lot on what kind of supplement you’re using.
A lot of supplements, especially the ones that are going to be prescribed for weight loss, it’s not going to make a big difference.”
Mullins says that supplement manufacturers should not try to sell people a high amount of vitamin and mineral supplements because it may lead to them feeling unhealthy.
“They are telling you that they are going and they are saying, ‘Oh, you need a little bit more of this, you can eat more of that, you should eat more,'” she said.
“They’re not really saying anything about what the actual health benefits of a high concentration of vitamins or minerals are.
They are not really talking about how to eat right.”
Moss says it’s important to remember that the only way to take in the full benefits of vitamins is to consume the right amount.
“It’s all about how you eat,” she said, adding that some people can eat too much of certain nutrients.
“When we have people eating, say, a hamburger and a burger with cheese and bacon and a big salad, and you are not eating, what do you think the health benefit is?
Is it the health, the nutrition, the energy that is there?
I think it’s pretty obvious that if you take the health away from that burger, it doesn�t help you lose weight.”
Mills, who is also a registered dietitian, says that there are supplements that will provide a good balance of nutrients in the right dose and also give you more of the right things, but she doesn’t recommend them.
“There are supplements, I think, that are absolutely safe, and they work for a certain number of people, but they’re certainly not a panacea,” she explained.
“I don�t recommend them.”
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