Taking These Supplements Might Be Making You Hungry

We're all aware of supplements used to suppress your appetite. While unsafe, these have become popular among people looking to lose weight quickly. Unless directed by a doctor, you should avoid appetite suppressants, or diet pills, at all costs (via Cleveland Clinic). However, you may be surprised to learn that there are also supplements available to help you increase your appetite. These can be helpful for people with certain conditions that may decrease their appetites to unsafe levels, like cancer or psychological conditions (via Medical News Today).

Supplements that may increase your appetite include zinc and vitamin B1. However, these will generally only increase your appetite if you are deficient in those vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help. Some people believe that bitter herbs, like gentian and wormwood, can also increase your appetite or improve digestion. If you are concerned about your appetite and want to try supplements to increase it, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about your needs.

A note on taking supplements

Although supplements are readily available and generally safe, it is important to know that they are not regulated by the FDA (via The Healthy). "Supplements may carry harmful risks such as inaccurate dosing information and contaminated ingredients," said Wendy Kaplan, MS, RDN. Supplements can be helpful for people with vitamin deficiencies or certain health conditions. The safest way to approach supplements is to speak with your doctor about the product you'd like to begin taking. They can go over the ingredient list with you and help you determine if the supplement is safe to take.

You should also stick to supplements that have been third-party tested by organizations like NSF or Informed Choice, which monitor ingredients and dosage. The best way to get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need is to eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you may benefit from taking supplements.