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Supplements You're Spending Too Much Money On, Says Dietitian

A dietitian says these supplements don't actually do enough for your health to make it worth the money.
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If you've ever been so busy throughout the week that you don't have time for your regular health routine, taking supplements can help you get some of the crucial nutrients that you may have missed. Unfortunately, it's sometimes hard to tell which supplements are worth buying, and which ones are a waste of your money.

To get to the bottom of buying supplements, we talked with Courtney D'Angelo, MS, RD, author at GoWellness, to find out which types she believes you're wasting your money on.

Read on, and for more on how to eat healthy, don't miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.


Vitamin E

Supplements on teaspoons

Most people reach for vitamin E supplements to smooth out their skin or slow cellular aging. And although vitamin E does contain antioxidants that can benefit your health, D'Angelo says that taking a supplement will not give you enough of the vitamin for its benefits to actually kick in.

"A research study showed that doses below 400 IU are ineffective and don't work, and large doses of vitamin E can actually end up doing more harm than good," Says D'Angelo.

Because of this, she suggests getting your antioxidants through fruits and veggies on a daily basis.

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Fat-burning supplements

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D'Angelo warns that fat-burning supplements, which can add up to around $50-$60 per bottle or more, are essentially just a waste of your money.

"Supplements like these are designed to increase calorie burning or fat metabolism for a short period of time, not the long haul," says D'Angelo, "so if you really want to lose weight, burn fat, and tone your body, it's more beneficial to invest in the right diet, mindset, and exercise program instead."


Garcinia cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia has become a popular weight loss supplement because of an acid it contains called HCA. According to D'Angelo, HCA is supposed to enhance fat oxidation and suppress appetite, but there isn't much proof that it's actually effective, according to information provided by Operation Supplement Safety of the U.S. Department of Defense.

"The better Garcinia Cambogia supplements are priced at around $40 per bottle, but the truth is that there's no magic weight loss pill out there — you're better off spending your money on healthier foods to incorporate into your diet.

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