“Polysupplement” was derived from a pharmacy term called “Polypharmacy”. Polypharmacy is defined as the use of several drugs or medicines together in the treatment of disease, suggesting indiscriminate, unscientific, or excessive prescription. The term is used when too many forms of medication are used by a patient, more drugs are prescribed than clinically warranted, or even when all prescribed medications are clinically indicated but there are too many pills to take (“pill burden”). “Polysupplement” therefore refers to the use of multiple supplements by a bodybuilder or anyone who uses them to achieve his/her fitness goals even when all the supplement are not warranted. The common result of polypharmacy/polysupplement is increased adverse drug reactions and higher costs.
At risk demographic groups
Patients at greatest risk of polypharmacy consequences include the elderly, psychiatric patients, patients taking five or more drugs concurrently, those with multiple physicians and pharmacies, recently hospitalized patients, individuals with concurrent comorbidities, despondent celebrites, and those with impaired vision or dexterity. People at risk of polysupplement consequences include bodybuilders, fitness athletes, and anybody who depend on multiple supplements to gain a competitive advantage in whatever sporting activity they’re engaged.
Over the years, I have seen too many bodybuilders, fitness athletes, and “gym goers” who take more pills (up to 10 to 30 pills a day!!!) everyday than their elderly grandparents. This leads me to ask this question: Aside from the increased adverse drug reactions and higher costs of polysupplement, who is really stronger and healthier, the young bodybuilder or his elderly grandmother?
In my opinion, if you take more pills than your grandma, your grandma is actually stronger and healthier than you. Dietary supplements are suppose to be used to do just that, “supplement” (not to replace) your diet. If you need to add multiple supplements to your training regimen, you probably should consider adjusting your eating habit and use “supplements” to tie up loose ends. However, if you feel your eating habit is great but you still need multiple supplements, you should probably see your Doctor for an evaluation, because you could need more than just tons of dietary supplements. You should also probably consider spending your money on “premium” supplements only, because all those supplement you are taking may be poor quality and ineffective and therefore not worth damaging your liver and kidneys over.
Adverse reactions and interactions
Contrary to popular belief, supplements, when consumed (by mouth or injected) take the same physiological or biology path as any prescription or over-the-counter medication. They are metabolized and excreted by the liver and/or kidney, therefore supplements can cause the same problems as prescription medication if they are abused or used excessively.
Like every medication, all supplements have potential adverse side-effects. With every supplement added, there is an additive and/or exponential risk of side-effects. Many supplements have potential interactions with other substances. Doctors and pharmacists aim to avoid prescribing medications that interact; often, adjustments in the dose of medications need to be made to avoid interactions. My goal is to educate or advice my fellow “bodysculptors” about the potential problems of “polysupplement” and to avoid “unnecessary” use of multiple supplements.
I welcome any comments, suggestions, and/or objections anyone may have concerning this article. Thanks for your time, and remember to use premium supplements to “Sculpt Your Masterpiece”™
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