“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
Present scenario almost is following this saying, because most of the population started believing that nutrient deficiencies are the primary causes for lot many diseases in the future.
It seems to be very surprising! But this is true. And many health associations started recommending dietary supplements already.
“American Medical Association made a landmarked recommendation that all gender people should take Dietary/ vitamin supplements over and above eating a healthy balanced diet, to remain in peak health condition.”
What are Dietary Supplements?
Dietary supplements are the products that can supplement diet to help prevent nutrition-related disorders and promote wellness over treatment of illness. Dietary supplements are available in the form of the pill, tablets, chewable and liquid filled capsules are meant to be taken by mouth.
Dietary supplements have different names in different countries, like in Canada they are known as natural health products, whereas in USA they are dietary supplements, In Japan they are Food supplements for special health use, in Australia they are known as complementary medicines, in Europe they are food supplements, In India they are nutraceuticals.
Usually, these are regarded as food supplements and in most of the cases; these are over the counter products. So, when taken within the RDA limit, they are always beneficial.
Now there might be this question running in your mind,
“Do I need Dietary supplements?”
The balanced diet should cater the nutrient need of the human body. But due to many reasons like fast paced lifestyle, lack of time, based on food habits and many more, most of the people are under nutritious and in some other cases where people are diseased, for their faster recovery also people need dietary supplements.
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that are needed by our body in small amounts. Those who don’t take enough vitamins and minerals daily, might land up suffering vitamin deficiencies and pose a higher risk of developing illnesses.
Therefore, the need for dietary supplements is always there.
Especially when you are pregnant, how much ever balanced diet you may take, still you need dietary supplements. Almost it is the same even with the diseased people to recover faster they need dietary supplements.
So, you can take these supplements, because “supplement” means something added. In this, you’re “adding” these dietary supplements to the basic health supplements diet and lifestyle, or to a prescription medication or therapy to treat a medical condition.
Best Dietary Supplements to Consider
- Multivitamin and multi minerals
- Omega 3 fatty acid supplements
- Vitamin D
- Protein Supplements
- Individual vitamin supplements
- Fortified foods
Are They Beneficial to all Genders?
Yes, of course, everyone can take them as everyone takes food, the same way they can take dietary supplements as directed or within RDA.
- Women of childbearing age (need extra calcium and iron)
- Pregnant or lactating women (Iron and folic acid)
- Children and teenagers with irregular eating habits (Require multivitamins and Anti-oxidants)
- Seniors (all in one anti-oxidants, calcium, vitamin D3, multivitamins….)
- Vegetarians or vegans (may be deficient in key nutrients Omega -3 fatty acids and iron)
- People not exposed to sun (vitamin D3)
- Dieters (Multivitamins & proteins)
- Deficiency people
- People who often eat junk foods and fast food
- For body building ( Protein Powders)
I realise your doubt- if they are safe. Yes, Dietary supplements are safe, but you must follow RDA levels because over dosage may lead to toxicity. Each vitamin has its own RDA Values (recommended dietary allowance), before taking you must follow the RDA index.
Dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using….