Taking supplements is something that seems to have gained a lot of popularity recently. More and more people are taking them as science helps us realize the full potential of our bodies and the wide range of health conditions that can result from being deficient in certain vitamins or minerals. Supplements can help our bodies in a lot of ways, but only if the circumstances are right. The way your body absorbs and processes the substance plays a large part in how well it will help you. This article will talk about some of the ways a supplement’s impact can be affected.

1. Metabolism

It makes sense that if your body burns through food at a high rate, then you essentially are able to absorb less of that nutrition and calories. The same is true when it comes to supplements. The less time food or a supplement spends in your body, the less able your body is to digest and properly absorb the nutrients. This is what is seen when your metabolism functions at a higher than normal rate.

2. Concentration and Dosage

The concentration strength and dosage of a supplement are something that you should ideally discuss with your doctor. The less concentrated a supplement is, meaning the more filler there is in the product, the less effective it is going to be. The same is true for the dosing information. Within reason, a higher dose will potentially be more effective. However, ingesting too much of something could also cause further health problems that you have to watch out for.

3. Quality of the Supplement

There are a few ways you can judge the quality of your supplement prior to purchasing it. The first is to check the ingredient label for additional fillers. These make the product less pure and it is likely to have less of an impact on you. The other way to check quality is by looking for a seal of approval from certain companies that test the product and ensure there are no harmful contaminants included. These companies are Consumer Lab, NSF International, and U.S. Pharmacopeia.

4. Age, Height, Weight

These factors can play a large role in how any type of supplement will impact your body. At a younger age, your body needs more of certain things, like calcium, in order to promote appropriate growth. If your body doesn’t get these nutrients, it can start looking to other sources from within. Your height and weight can also put you at a need for higher amounts of the supplements in order to support current body processes. In addition, as you age, your metabolism slows and the toxicity level of the supplement can become an issue.

5. Combinations

Combinations of certain substances can affect how well your body is able to handle something. For example, you can take high levels of an iron supplement, but without something like Vitamin C in order to help your body absorb the iron, that supplement is useless. It can also cause additional health problems. The same is true with many other dietary supplements and should be taken into consideration prior to beginning on a supplement.

6. Severity and Reason for Deficiency

If your body has been in a deficient state for quite some time, then it will take longer for a supplement to have an impact on your body. It takes time to build your stores of a nutrient back up to a suggested range. This can also be true depending on the reason for your deficiency. If you have a bleeding ulcer draining your iron stores, then just taking a supplement isn’t going to be effective.


As you can see, supplements can be a great addition to many diets. They can help your body recover and perform at a better and more efficient manner than before, but they also have their downfalls. It’s important to talk to both a doctor and a nutritionist before starting a supplement because factors like your age, the reason your body is low, and the other foods you eat can all impact how or if a supplement will work for you.