Like anything on the market health related, vitamins and supplements come with their own controversy. “A dietary supplement is a manufactured product intended to supplement the diet when taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid.” I, myself, am particularly fond of vitamins. Here is why. Over the years, climate change and global warming has changed the soil, rain water and the crops. We are not getting the proper amount of nutrients that we should be getting from food which should be your main source of vitamins and minerals. To supplement what is missing from my diet, I use vitamins and supplements. There are many reasons for taking supplements. “Most medications deplete essential nutrients however, supplements help to restore balance.”
With proper planning, throughout the day, your diet should consist of the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs. “Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. ” They help build teeth and bones, and are needed for normal cell function, growth, and development. While there is a difference between vitamins, minerals and supplements, in general the word supplement can “include vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids, or other dietary ingredients. You take these products by mouth in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form to supplement your diet.”
Herbal supplements can be considered another category in the supplement world. One or more herbs are made into capsule form by grinding them into powder. “Examples of common herbal health products and supplements include black cohosh, echinacea, garlic, ginkgo, saw palmetto, and St. John’s wort.”
As usual, there are some cons to taking supplements. “Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations and hurt or complicate your health.” It is said that some supplements are synthetic, contain sugar and chemicals that can be harmful. Please do your research before purchasing.
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