Dietary supplements are big business. The most common purchases being multivitamin and multi mineral supplements. But, do we really need all this on a daily basis or are we falling more for the hype than the truth?
Can vitamins and minerals really live up to the claims of enhanced performance, stress relief, energy boost? Health professionals say that there is definitely a place for nutrient supplements. However, their primary function is to fill in nutritional gaps. They are supplements with the intention of adding to your diet not replacing it.
First Food, Second Supplement
Whole foods contain all the nutrients necessary for optimum health and well being. It is during times of stress that our bodies may become depleted of nutrients and may need supplemental top ups. However, during these times, it is still important to get the most from your foods as the immense nutrition is first in the foods.
What Minerals and Vitamins Supplements Can Do For You and Your Health
Many of us at some point in our lives go through stages where the food on the plate falls short of being nutritious. During these times, our plate will be lacking in the important minerals and vitamins our body so importantly needs to stay healthy.
Numerous studies have shown the health benefits and effectiveness of supplementing missing nutrients in the diet. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found increased bone density and reduced fractures in postmenopausal women who took calcium and vitamin D.1
Who Needs Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?
Those of you whose diet may lack in the nutrients needed for optimum health may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements.
The following groups of people could benefit from daily vitamin and mineral supplements:
Women who are pregnant or lactating
People on vegan or vegetarian diets
People in certain diseased states
Those who limit food groups
Anyone with a limited/poor diet.
To know more or to know if you need supplements and which ones, contact your nutritionist.