We can not deny that most of the times, our diet plan tends to not cover the needed and intended amount of nutrition that our body needs. Thus, this somehow affects and declines our health. With this, people try to think of the alternatives on how they could improve their health and nutrition. Is changing your diet the answer? Or are nutrition supplements the key? We’ll see the answer later on.
We shall look at how supplementshelp one’s health but before that, we must define them first. Nutrition supplements are considered as any dietary supplement that is made to essentially provide nutrients that may not be consumed by people sufficiently. Examples of these are vitamins and minerals, proteins and amino acids, and other nutritional substances needed by our body. These supplements are ingested by consumers in the form of a capsule, tablet, powders, or in liquid form. In the market today, these supplements can also be found as drinks or energy bars. When it comes to its effectivity, supplements can be of help to consumers especially those who think and know that they do not get to eat a variety of nutritious foods.
Supplements then help people in getting an adequate amount of essential nutrients. An example of which is the intake of calcium and vitamin D, both important in the maintenance of bones’ strength and reduction of bone loss. Despite the advantages and help supplements provide one’s body, there are still certain points to remember when it comes to using supplements since many of these supplements contain active ingredients which can have strong effects to the body, some of which could be negative. Some examples include experiencing headaches and liver damage and reduction of bone strength due to excessive intake of vitamin A and nausea because of high intake of iron.
Aside from these, keep in mind that nutrition supplements if you haven’t consulted a health care provider. Also, don’t use supplements as a replacement or alternative to prescribed medications, make sure that you consult first your health care provider about supplements intake especially if you are about to undergo an operation, and ask yourself a few of these questions: What are the possible future health benefits I can get out of this dietary supplement?; and, Does this product have any safety risks? If so, should I still use it?. There are a lot more things to consider when it comes to the intake of supplements, all these to support your nutrition.