Let’s be honest. When was the last time you ate your suggested five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Not to worry, we’re just as guilty.
Everybody should be looking to include nutrients to their diet in one way or another although, a variety of healthy foods and fruits is the best way to get the nutrients you need.
The idea behind food supplements, also called dietary or nutritional supplements, is to deliver nutrients that may not be consumed in sufficient quantities.
There are numerous food supplements on the market, but the real questions are; who are they for? When are they beneficial, ineffective or even harmful?
Food supplements can be vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other substances delivered in the form of pills, tablets, capsules or liquids.
A perfect example will be the omega-three fish oil pills which will be beneficial to people who don’t like fish but want the supple, soft skin you can get from including fish in your diet.
Another great example is probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you especially your digestive system. They are often called good or healthy bacteria because thry help keep your gut healthy. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods like yoghurt.
Supplements may also be especially beneficial for certain groups of people (including pregnant women, menopausal women, vegans, vegetarians and vpeople with food allergies) who may need higher levels of certain nutrients or whose diets may restrict the intake of certain nutrients.
Many supplements are misused and abused so, be sure to follow the dosage recommendations printed on the label, or suggested by your doctor when taking supplements.
Always remember, supplements provide additional nutrients to those you’re already getting from your meals throughout the day. And there’s no real health advantage to getting more of a particular vitamin or mineral than you need; in fact, getting too much of certain vitamins or minerals can cause uncomfortable side effects, like vomiting or diarrhea, and more serious health problems, like liver damage.
Now you know. You’re welcome!