In order to attain and maintain good health, there is a need to have a balanced diet and also engage in regular exercises. A balanced diet consists of vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals. In case we do not get a sufficient amount of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins through our normal eating programmes, we have an option of substituting them with nutritional supplements, thus improving our health and maintaining it for the long run.
The following information will help someone to understand what nutritional supplements are so that he/she can make an informed decision before embarking on a journey to purchase them.
• Understand what nutritional supplements are
Nutrients that come in the form of pills, powder, liquid, tablet and capsule are considered as nutritional supplements. They are sold either as dietary products or as nutritional supplements. They include vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, medical herbs and minerals. These supplements are not entirely intended as replacements for the usual meal or being used as an additional item for the diet. They are used to boost immunity against diseases or improve a condition or situation where there is any deficiency. They can also be used to protect against free radicals, aka cancer causing cells from damaging the body by increasing mental capability, fighting against stress, boosting immunity as well as slowing down the degenerative process of the body. This process depends on their formulation and ingredients used.
• Know the effectiveness of nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements are not intended to cure diseases or eradicate their occurrence. They are intended to promote good health and lessen the chances of occurrence of these diseases. The effectiveness of natural supplements is still a speculation; therefore, no one is sure whether they are effective or not, but it is believed that there is a link between the presence of certain diseases and free radicals, enhancing the presence of antioxidants in nutritional supplements which are mostly found in herbs, vitamins and minerals which fight against the free radical damage. It is, however, worth noting that it is nearly impossible to get rid of free radicals completely.
• Always be on the safe side
Nutritional supplements are not subjected to testing prior to marketing and sale as they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration board (FDA). Therefore, it is advisable to only take supplements from reputable manufacturers who are GMP compliant. The compliance guarantees that the product contains no contamination or prescription drug and that all the ingredients and dosage indicated on the label are included. Don’t go for less.
The above tips are meant to guide you in choosing the best supplement to suit your needs. It also enlightens you when it comes to choosing whether or not you should use any nutritional supplements yourself or not. It is now clear that supplements are not meant to heal, but to prevent the occurrence of certain diseases.
This is just an informative article and it should not be considered as a concrete medical advice in any way. I strongly suggest that you consult your physician before taking any supplements.