Food supplements, minerals, vitamins, and herbs are sometimes required for limited periods. It is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and diet.
For over 17 years, I have been staying in China intermittently. I have extensive experience with Chinese herbs, part of routine traditional medicine, alongside Western medicine. Over the years, I have taken dozens of nutritional supplements, mainly without any effect. Apart from vitamin B12 (in injections), which is absorbed immediately, Omega-3 and Vitamin D3 by sun exposure, and vitamin B3 (niacin) and bentonite clay, no other supplement affected me.
Nutrients from food and natural beverages are better absorbed than supplements and have no side effects. (Supplements can be harmful.) Herbs are often less toxic for prolonged use than synthetic drugs. They correspond better and are identified in the body as a natural factor. Their main disadvantage is the low concentration of active ingredients. Therefore, their effect is much slower.
Nutritional supplements and herbs are mainly intended to fill the body's deficiencies with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, electrolytes, and antioxidants. Various herbs have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. There are herbs with pain relief, stress relief, and even properties similar to those of steroids (at low intensity). However, those who expect miracles and wonders and recovery from prolonged chronic diseases only through supplements and herbs often expect disappointment.