In today’s blog we’re going to be comparing the benefits of red light therapy versus those of taking supplements, the limitations of each treatment option as well as where the best value for money comes from. Generally speaking, individuals that use red light therapy devices are people that value their health and want to better their quality of life. The same can be said for those that take supplements. Is there a place for both, or is one better than the other? We’ll aim to answer all the questions you never knew you had!
We’re going to be comparing supplements – those that can be consumed in any form (i.e. pill, powder, elixir etc.) such as chaga, creatine or reiti as a broad comparison against red light therapy. And we’re going to break this down into three sections:
Let’s get right into it!
When it comes down to scientific research, although the benefits of red light therapy have been explored for a far shorter time than those of supplements (purely because it hasn’t been around for as much time) – the benefits of red light therapy far outshines those of supplements. Creatine and magnesium are two of the supplements that have been most studied in clinical trials, but scientific backing for most supplements is limited.
Red light therapy has thousands of clinical studies performed using control groups, that provide unbiased evidence of the incredible benefits that individuals have experienced.
Because each supplement has its own mechanism of action, it would be difficult to generalize for all supplements. But in simple terms, the overall mechanism of supplements is that they aim to upregulate a certain pathway in the body, in theory. This is based on the assumption that taking more of a certain chemical – be it magnesium or iron for example – that pathways that require that molecule/chemical will function better with more of it present, which may not always be the case.
In the case of red light therapy – the basis of this treatment is reconnecting the body with its natural light environment. Red and near infrared light is exactly the same wavelengths of light that you would be getting from the sun. Because of our sedentary, desk job lifestyle that we have all become so accustomed to, our cells of literally starving of this energy that the sun naturally provides. By using red light therapy, our cells are able to function to their fullest potential, where they function more efficiently and effectively for you.
If we were to assume that you get exactly the same benefits from red light therapy and supplements – to compare cost directly. With most supplements, its easy to spend on average $30 - $40 a month to get a full spectrum of supplements to notice any major difference or improvement in your life. For red light therapy, where for Mychondria devices they each have a 3 year warranty, and the MyLight Midi retails for $799.95. If we worked out the cost per month of a red light device over a three year period – it works out to just over $22 per month. For a treatment that has far more clinically proven results – this really does seem like a no-brainer.
**Disclaimer** - if you are consuming a particular diet that lacks certain nutrients or have an illness that requires supplementing because your body isn’t able to naturally produce it – we are ALL FOR taking supplements. We are only recommending red light therapy over supplements for individuals that are seeking a better quality of life, that is clinically proven for so many benefits, that currently do not lack any essential nutrients.
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Written by: Caroline Bursey