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Who Uses Supplements?
The sale of supplementary vitamins and minerals is massive with a great number of people taking them. According to a recent survey about half the people in the UK, Europe & the U.S.A. take nutritional supplements regularly or occasionally. In the past 25 years sales in the U.K. have increased six-fold.
Why do people take Vitamins and food supplements?
There are several reasons. Many people are not sure about the adequacy of their diets.
Others think they can improve their health by doing so. Some do it because they wish to support their body during an illness and think that vitamins and food supplements may help. Many people who use vitamin / food supplements tend to have a low opinion of the quality of food available and of the environmental conditions in which the food is grown.
Do I need to take food supplements?
Even if you eat healthy, you could probably benefit from taking food supplements.
Certain vitamins help protect the body against the damage caused by environmental factors, such as the sun, pollution, and pesticides and other toxins, that can lead to illness, disease, and aging. Many herbal remedies have been used traditionally to help prevent or treat diseases, and science has supported a wide range of uses.
Are food supplements and vitamins always safe?
Although most supplements have good safety records, each person's body will react differently depending on his or her unique physiology as well as on any other medications, herbs, and supplements also being taken. In addition, certain combinations of medications, herbs, and nutrients can potentially cause depletions or interactions. For that reason it is important to check with your health practitioner.
Do women need special vitamins?
Each woman will have different health concerns depending on her age, health history, and genetics. In addition to meeting general nutrient needs, women may have specific concerns such as osteoporosis, Pre MenstrualSyndrome, heart disease, iron levels, and pregnancy.
Do men need special vitamins?
Like women, each man will have different health concerns depending on his age, health history, and genetics. In addition to meeting general nutrient needs, men may have specific concerns such as liver health, stress, diabetes, and heart health.
Are vitamins and food supplements safe for children?
Although many experts believe that children can safely benefit from vitamins and other supplements, it is important to consult your family practitioner before giving children vitamins, or other supplements.
Choosing the right food supplements
When choosing the right food supplement for you it is important to have clear health goals so you are able to measure results from taking food supplements. For example:-
Do I feel less tired or less stressed?
Do I feel more alert and active?
Or less moody and more positive?
Do I feel less bloated and slimmer?
Before making any change in your health regime you should consult your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have a health condition.
Each individual will benefit from a slightly different food supplement regime. Talk with a knowledgeable doctor, letting your health goals and history guide your research and help you determine the supplements that will be safest and most effective for you. For example:-
Postmenopausal women might be concerned about osteoporosis
Men over 50 might be thinking about heart and liver health
What is the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)?
The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) is the amount of a vitamin or mineral you need to stay healthy and avoid nutritional deficiencies. They are tailored to women, men, and specific age groups. With many vitamins and minerals, you can safely take a dose much higher than the RDA
What about nutrients known to be essential but which have no Recommended Daily Allowance or RDA? Certain nutrients have no Recommended Daily Allowance or RDA because it is not yet known exactly how much is needed. When taking any food supplement you should not exceed the RDA