Food Supplements: Getting The Right Nutrition
There’s growing controversy concerning the use of food supplements on a regular basis. While some people argue that it’s unnecessary, there’s scientific evidence that nutrients have a considerable impact on people’s health. For instance, lack of vitamin B12 caused by inadequate diets can lead to anxiety, depression and apathy. Fortunately, the problem can be solved by taking multivitamins.
Why we need supplements
There’s a popular argument that people can get all the necessary nourishment from food. However, it’s not really so. Gone are the days when essential foods such as vegetables, fruits and grains were a great source of minerals. As plants absorb minerals from soil, while soil is becoming more and more depleted of minerals, you may be not getting the necessary nutrition even if you eat a lot of green stuff.
Secondly, most farmers try to speed the growing process by using fertilisers and pesticides which are a definite hazard to health. Food transportation and processing which normally take considerable time cause further loss of nutrients.
Supplement your diet
According to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, supplements are “meant to complement or enhance the daily diet, not replace it“. Supplements should be taken during stressful periods, if you’re pregnant, lactating or suffering from a chronic illness. They are also essential if the food you eat is of poor quality.
Talk to your GP, dietician or pharmacist before choosing supplements to avoid using poor quality products and overdosing on nutrients. For example, if you’re taking zinc, bear in mind that levels higher than 15 mg can trigger side effects such as hair loss and poor healing, while iron overdosing can damage body tissues.
Doctors advise to “avoid taking more than the recommended dietary allowance of any micronutrient through supplements“.
Make the right choice
While some people are still hesitating whether to supplement their diets, U.S. researchers have found that lack of certain essential amino acids leads to an imbalance that may be “linked to the neurobehavioral symptoms of autism“. The link between improper diets and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression is even more obvious.