Do’s and Don’ts of Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are not designed to replace regular food. They cannot reproduce all the valuable nutrients and advantages of whole natural foods, like vegetables and fruits. Whole foods provide three key advantages over supplements: Greater nutrient absorption and utilization, a more natural, balanced nutrient profile, and better immune function. The best dietary supplement will work in concert with a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Here’s how to get started.
Dietary supplements that claim to provide all the necessary vitamins
minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and specific nutrients to support a healthy immune system, while promoting specific diet goals are usually a waste of money. You can eat all the right foods, and a good multivitamin/multi-mineral formula will provide you with enough of the right nutrients. But sometimes you need a bit more. If you are following a special diet, your dietary supplements may have to be adjusted to take into account your special diet. For example, if you’re lactose intolerant, you may want to avoid products that use milk or cow’s milk in their ingredients.
An easy way to find out about dietary supplements
is to talk to a professional dietician, or go online and visit the official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They will be able to answer any questions you might have about vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates, and help you make decisions about your diet. The website also provides a list of some of the most frequently reported misconceptions. For example, it is commonly believed that dietary supplements are only for people with chronic diseases. While there are some products on the market that are specifically targeted toward people with certain chronic conditions, including cancer patients, Alzheimer’s patients and AIDS patients, the majority of dietary supplements are available without a prescription in the US.
Dietary supplements vary a great deal by ingredient.
There are supplements for meat, poultry, fish, egg whites, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods. While some plants are naturally more naturally healthy than others, such as flaxseed, others, such as red peppers, onions, and garlic, are known to be unhealthy. Some dietary supplements, which are available without a prescription, contain only vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional substances. Other supplements combine ingredients to create more all-around health supplements. A multi-nutritional supplement can cover all of your dietary needs while providing the added benefit of essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are not found in foods.
When you start taking dietary supplements to improve your health
keep in mind that your body will absorb some of what you take, even if it is considered a supplement. If you are concerned about vitamin e supplements, you can opt for vitamin c, or take a vitamin E capsule instead. In addition, the water-soluble vitamins need to be taken in greater amounts than the water-soluble ones. For example, vitamin C requires you to take much more of it than vitamin E. Although vitamin C is considered the “acidic” vitamin, taking it in greater amounts can be harmful.
The bottom line is, you have to read the labels
on any dietary supplements, you purchase. If there is something you should be aware of, make sure to let your healthcare provider know. Your healthcare provider is the expert on all types of supplements and is responsible for making sure you get everything you need, but you also have to be careful when you are taking something new. Sometimes things that look like they are okay, really aren’t. It is always better to err on the side of caution, rather than not at all.