Do supplements really work?

Andrew Huberman AI:

Yes, supplements can indeed work and be quite potent. However, it's important to approach supplementation in a rational and regimented way. Here are a few key points to consider:

  1. Foundational nutritional support: This includes vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, and adaptogens. These can be combined in one supplement, as it's not practical to get each of these through single ingredient formulations.

  2. Single ingredient formulations: When exploring supplementation for specific areas like sleep, hormone health, or cognitive function, single ingredient formulations give you the most control. They allow you to find minimal effective doses and rule out things that are not effective or may be detrimental.

  3. Supplements are not just add-ons: They are potent compounds that can significantly impact your ability to think clearly, sleep better, and support your hormone function. However, they are just one element within an ecosystem of other factors like behaviors, nutrition, and possibly prescription drugs.

  4. No dependency: Taking supplements for sleep or cognitive enhancement doesn't necessarily establish a dependency. You can still function well even if you miss a dose.

  5. Specific supplements for specific conditions: For instance, the Arids Two formula, which includes vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeoxanthine, has been clinically proven to slow dry macular degeneration in the moderate to severe population.

Remember, while supplements can be beneficial, they should be used as part of a larger system aimed