Are you one of those people who spend a considerable amount of money on dietary supplements to achieve optimal health? According to Professor Tim Spector, renowned scientist and genetic epidemiologist, the majority of supplements are not only useless but also a money-making scheme. In fact, he says that 99% of supplements have been proven to be ineffective. The only supplement he recommends is B12 for vegans who may not be consuming enough iron-rich foods.
So, what does Professor Spector recommend? "Real food," which means consuming a mostly plant-based diet, minimizing ultra-processed foods, and avoiding supplements. He believes that supplements make "total mugs" of those who buy them. But don't take his word for it; TV doctor Chris van Tulleken agrees that there is no supplement or extract of any food that brings any health benefits in a healthy person, except for vitamin D or B12 in a vegan. Professor Spector practices what he preaches and follows a plant-based diet and intermittent fasting. He believes that switching to a plant-based diet will benefit both our health and the planet. In fact, he claims that reducing meat and dairy intake is much more important for the environment than not driving or not taking flights for holidays abroad.
It can be tough to know who to trust when it comes to diet and nutrition. However, Professor Spector is a leading expert in genetic epidemiology and has been calling for "personalized nutrition." His co-founded personalized nutrition program, Zoe, aims to help people make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.
So, if you're tired of spending your hard-earned money on supplements with no tangible benefits, consider trying a mostly plant-based diet. By avoiding ultra-processed foods, you can boost your health and increase your life expectancy. Better yet, educate yourself on which foods are healthy and which ones you should avoid. By doing so, you'll make informed decisions about your health and wellbeing. So, let's take a cue from Professor Spector and say no to supplements, and yes to "real food."