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  • Writer's pictureEkamjot Singh

Supplements And Nutrition

A well-balanced diet and affinity for all food groups ensure right amounts of much-needed

nutrients. However, not all people are blessed with a liking for vegetables or tolerance for

milk. There are also people with allergies to nuts and poultry which are excellent sources of

protein and good fat. What if you are one of them? How can you be sure that you get proper

nutrition without force-feeding yourself broccolis? This is why supplements and nutrition

should work together.

Before taking supplements, it would be wise to seek your doctor's advice. After all, you want

to be sure to have the proper supplements and nutrition. The wide variety of supplements

include multivitamins, protein supplements, minerals, and specialized supplements.

Multivitamins are the most prescribed supplements. Regulated and concentrated amounts of

essential vitamins are packed in a tablet or gels. Protein supplements are commonly used by

people who want to build more muscle such as athletes. Mineral supplements include

calcium for bone growth. Dietary supplements and memory enhancers are commonly

classified as specialized supplements.

Supplements and nutrition must be complementary. For example, a person who consumes

large amounts of carrots and squash need not take a supplement of Vitamin A. This is

because too much of Vitamin A can cause a yellow or orange tinge to the skin. Other

overdoses on minerals and vitamins can even disrupt normal hormonal function. After all,

even too much of a good thing can be hazardous to health.

Hence, a proper supplements and nutrition scheme must be discussed with the doctor in

order to prevent overdoses or taking unnecessary supplements. The US FDA in recognition

of the growing market and need for supplements has taken steps to regulate the production,

dosage, and sanitation of supplements. This was done to ensure good-quality products. This

move is also partly due to the rising number of unprescribed supplement use among

consumers. The agency also stressed the importance of informed use among supplement

users. It is not enough to know the name of your supplements. You should know what

deficiency it corrects and how it works. Studies show that many use different supplements

whereas tests done to them indicate only a minimal lack which can be corrected by a single

kind. Also, despite the supplement rage, doctors and health experts still stand by natural

correction of deficiencies by means of a proper diet. They suggest eating alternative sources

of nutrients found in allergy-inducing foods. Hey, real food tastes better than capsules anyway.

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