Check the supplements: Don't waste money on multivitamins

Instead of following modern trends, being well informed and consulting experts is of utmost importance for making wise decisions

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There are many supplements that can be helpful when it comes to meeting your daily intake of essential nutrients, but there are many that aren't worth your money.

While avoiding supplements that come with dangerous side effects, it's important to keep in mind that some are simply ineffective, he says

dr. Austin Lake recently shared insightful warnings about this issue, advising individuals to be judicious in their consumption by avoiding certain supplements. He warned that multivitamins, biotin, collagen and probiotics could be a bad investment.


The first thing Lake warns against is multivitamins. While this may seem like a great way to get essential nutrients in one simple package, he bluntly states that they won't do you much good and can be a huge waste of money due to their low bioavailability and artificial additives.

dr. Lake encourages a shift towards obtaining essential nutrients from a proper diet instead of relying on these widely marketed multivitamins.


Biotin is often marketed as an excellent option for a number of health needs, especially when it comes to beauty. However, this is the second addition to which dr. Lake warns. According to him, excessive intake can be harmful to your health.

"Biotin can actually deplete other B vitamins in your system, especially B5," he says.

Emphasizing the importance of B5 in hormone synthesis and energy production, he advises opting for a B complex instead, stressing the need for a balanced approach to supplementation.


Collagen is another popular supplement that is often touted as a useful option in the beauty realm. dr. Lake draws attention to the trending supplement, stating that research does not strongly support its effectiveness.

He emphasizes that you can often get plenty of it through food, highlighting sources like homemade bone broth, meat and eggs. This challenges the widely held belief about the necessity of collagen supplements and encourages a more critical examination of dietary trends.


Referring to probiotics, dr. Lake points out that probiotics are often a huge waste of money because people buy insufficient amounts of the right kinds of probiotics.

He recommends making sure you're getting the right amounts and emphasizes the importance of live activated cultures found in foods like kefir and sauerkraut.

All in all, the main advice of dr. Lakea is clear: "Be careful when you're looking to invest in supplements and make sure you're working with someone who knows what they're talking about, or you could be wasting a lot of your money."

Instead of following modern trends, being well informed and consulting experts is of the utmost importance for making wise decisions, both for health and financial well-being.

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