Do we need nutritional supplements? Some people say, “No!” Guest blogger, Dixie Somers, says: perhaps in certain circumstances. Check out her article and see if you might want to try adding a supplement or two to add to your diet and exercise (or lack thereof) regime.
A diet rich in essential nutrients, proteins, healthy grains, good fats, fruits, and vegetables should accommodate what the body requires for proper function and overall health. However, food available today is over processed, genetically modified, and contains potential toxins—factors that deplete and destroy vital nutrients. Research indicates that a mere three percent of Americans eat three servings of vegetables and only twenty-eight percent eat two servings of fruit daily.
Furthermore, diseases, diet, body type, stress, and other circumstances can leave your body in need of extra help when it comes to getting the proper nutrients. Keep reading to learn about which supplements might help you get the full measure of nutrients your body needs—especially when you can’t get it from food.
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins are essential organic nutrients that the body cannot create but needs in small amounts. Minerals are inorganic elements found in plants. Although most vitamins and minerals are available through the diet, many sources are destroyed during cooking. This is why “eating healthy” doesn’t always guarantee that you are getting the essential nutrients.
Protein and Joint Complexes
Proteins make up the hormones and enzymes that are part of the body’s metabolic and physiological processes. They also maintain tissues, enhance immunity, build muscle, heal wounds, replace dead cells, replenish blood loss, and promote proper function of the nervous system. Research at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests a number of supplements that may improve joint health, increase mobility, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Once again, many people need protein supplements because of diseases, a lack of protein in the diet, or other special circumstances.
Which Supplements Will Help?
- If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, then additional Vitamin B complex especially Folic Acid, which supports the nervous system and prevents birth defects, would be good for you. Vitamins E and A promote reproductive health. Women who are still menstruating need iron and proteins to replenish blood loss and B complex vitamins for red blood cell formation.
- If you suffer from repeated urinary tract or bladder infections, the Vitamins A and C supplements would help you because they fight infections and increases immunity. Generally, people with compromised immune systems need additional Vitamin A, C, and D, which are powerful anti-oxidants, protect against some cancers, and help ward off infections.
- If you are an athlete, vegetarian, or vegan, then protein supplements would help with critical bodily functions and tissue and muscle repair. If you choose not to eat meat, it is best to find an alternate source of protein to keep your body properly nourished.
- If you are elderly, then calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and Vitamin D supplements would support your joint and bone health and lower your risks of osteoporosis. Vitamin E reduces brain decline, and Vitamin K may reduce the risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and dementia.
- Individuals who suffer from joint pain benefit from Vitamins C, D, Chondroitin, fish oils, some herbs, Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Bromelain, Methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM), and S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) because they reduce inflammation, cushion and rebuild joints, and promote circulation.
While it’s fairly easy to know what types of nutrients are missing from your daily diet, it can be tricky to know exactly which supplements or vitamins will help you with your specific weaknesses within the body. It is always a good idea to ask a pharmacist or your regular doctor about the supplements that they suggest, and what areas you might be lacking in.
With a healthy diet and a little extra help from vitamins and supplements, you’ll enjoy a well-rounded body equipped with all the nutrients necessary to stay strong and thrive. The information for this article was provided by the professionals of Herb Affair, who provide Herb Affair capsules for those who prefer to fill their vitamin capsules at home.
About the Author
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.
What do you think of taking nutritional supplements? In my experience, it’s a VERY controversial subject!