Why Nutritional Supplements are very important to us
Few things have been as controversial as nutritional supplements have been
recently. Depending on who you listen to, they are either the answer to any
problem you have or they are the devil incarnate. The truth about nutritional
supplements, though, is really somewhere in between.
Nutritional supplements are more widely used now than in other time in history.
This is because many people have turned to nutritional supplements in order to
fill the gaps in what they know to be unhealthy diets that don’t meet the
minimum daily requirements for many, many necessary vitamins and minerals.
Others have turned to nutritional supplements in order to enhance everything
from their workout regimes to their memory and mental functions.
Considering the controversy over whether it’s safe to take nutritional
supplements or not, you probably wonder just what you can really expect from
taking nutritional supplements. Do they have any real benefit?
The fact is that taking nutritional supplements in their recommended dosages is
extremely helpful for everyone from infants to elderly people. The methods used
to grow and process our foods have changed drastically in the last 100 years. In
many cases, this means that the food itself is deficient in many essential,
basic vitamins and minerals.
Add that to the fact that people are so time-starved today that many of us
practically live on meals out of paper bags makes taking nutritional supplements
almost mandatory. Taking vitamins and other nutritional supplements is a good
way to be certain you get all the proper vitamins and minerals you need daily.
However, nutritional supplements should never be used as a substitute for a good
diet. Eating at least three (and many experts recommend five) well-balanced
meals and two well-balanced snacks per day is still the best way to be sure
you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay fit and
healthy. Adding nutritional supplements to good eating habits simply goes the
extra mile to see that you’re getting all the nutrients that your body needs
There are many high-quality multi-vitamins available at your local drugstores,
as well as through many online sources. The key thing to remember when you
decide to take (and you should!) nutritional supplements of any kind is to take
them only as directed. Those directions are put on the bottles and packages for
a reason—to ensure the vitamins and other herbal supplements are taken
This is vital for any nutritional supplement you take to be both as safe and
effective as it should be. Too high doses of anything can cause side effects you
aren’t expecting and don’t want. When you take more of any vitamin or
nutritional supplement than the manufacturer recommends you take daily, then you
run the risk of taking more than your body can effectively and safely process in
a twenty-four hour period of time.
Any risk of taking too much or of unwanted side effects is slight, though, for
nutritional supplements when they’re taken as directed. Even slightly higher
dosages, in most cases, will have few side effects because your kidneys will
flush them from your system, which keeps your body from absorbing too much of
any one vitamin or mineral. Still, to be totally safe, take nutritional
supplements exactly as instructed.
If you’re still uncertain as to whether you should take a nutritional supplement
each day, ask for your doctor’s advice. This is particularly true if you’re on
any prescribed medications. It is possible for some supplements to decrease the
efficiency of some prescribed medicines and to interact with them, causing
unwanted side effects. However, despite many news headlines you may have read,
this is rare, especially when nutritional supplements are taken as directed.
Taken properly, nutritional supplements are an excellent way to ensure your body
has all it needs to be healthy. Just be sure to use them to supplement, not
substitute for, a good healthy diet.