I agree with you Joe.....and in part disagree at the same time.
I talked about this in another thread, so forgive me if I'm repeating myself.
Both Wally and I (Wally on January 3rd, me on Jan 14th) went to see a nutritionist. Him for his weight loss with attending loss of muscle mass, recovery from heart surgery, depression and addiction issues. Me for overall depletion of my seritonin, and weight gain.
The results on that in a bit.
First, I very much think that the average person walking into a drug store and picking up a bottle of multi-vitamins, or reading something on the internet about a particular supplement, and buying it, is largely a great waste of time and money.
Jespah mentioned, for instance, specifically mentioned iron and calcium. But what type of iron? Iron is notoriously poor for getting into the system, and there are better formulas of iron that let it get into your body. Also Jes, were you aware that when you take your iron supplement, you must Not consume it with dairy of any type? I didn't. In addition, for both men and women, you need to take the proper iron supplement 21 days on, and 7 days off. And calcium.....that needs to be taken with the proper amount of Vitamin D.
Anyway, I think a lot of people read something in a magazine, or online and run out and buy it. They don't know if their body already has enough of that, or need something else, or if they are having symptoms of some type, what exactly will help. Also, there are so many brands out there, and the difference in quality varies widely. The cost may or may not have anything to do with how good they are. The main thing is not all brands are anything like equal.
That's why years ago I stopped buying supplements and went with the "balanced diet" way of life.
The thing is, both of us did have unfulfilled bodily requirements, but no way of knowing where to start. The best diet wasn't enough.
The first thing the nutritionist asked us is what our genetic background was. Where our people were from. Yes, we are all humans, but why would a person whose evolutionary process involved ancestors that lived through an Ice Age have the same exact needs as another whose ancestors evolved living on the equator? Different stressors, different diet, different bone mass, different propensity to addiction, and addiction to different things, etc etc.
The supplements we were given have almost nothing in common with each other. In fact, there is only one that is the same. Interestingly enough, that supplement is one that for him keeps his testosterone from converting to estrogren, and for me does the opposite.
I know that sounds strange, but it definately works that way.
We learned that when men use testosterone gel, what they don't realize is after 3 months or so of use, the body starts to convert it, so the benefits are lost. This one supplement keeps that from happening.
What the results have been in this brief time is that Wally is re-developing his muscle mass in all the places men want them, and I in turn am reverting back to a more curvy shape, that I was losing after I went through menopause. I look at myself in the mirror, and it's not lying.
Wally is taking a whey shake no more than 10 minutes after he exercises. This builds muscle.
I take sunflower lecithin powder a half hour before exercise. This enhances the fat burning segment of exercise. I have not otherwise increase or changed my normal exercise regime on bit. However, there is a difference, I can tell.
There are others I won't bother to go into here, except to say both our bodies are feeling much more healthy, at ease, and happy.
So, in conclusion, while Vitamin and mineral and amino acid supplements do just produce enriched urine in a lot (even most) cases, if done with the proper guidance, in the proper amounts, at the proper times and with the proper food support taken with it, it can produce dramatic results.
It's kind of like "Don't try this at home kids" It's worth finding someone with an excellent reputation and skills to help you. I'll be eternally grateful to Dr. Luepnitz.