Nutritional supplements are a subject of some controversy among medical
professionals. Some feel that a proper diet is all that's needed to keep
you healthy, while others see a legitimate case for the judicious use of
vitamin and mineral supplements. Let's take a look at some of the reasons
you may want to add nutritional supplements to your healthy eating plan.
The commercial vegetable grower may not practice crop rotation, growing
his green beans in the same location year after year. This causes soil
depletion, robbing the crop of many valuable nutrients. The green bean
that ends up on your dinner plate may not contain the vitamins and
minerals a nutritional table leads you to expect. Many vitamins and
minerals work in concert. If one is missing, another partner nutrient in
the food may not be absorbed. There you have one case begging for
As we age, certain nutrients become more difficult for our bodies to
assimilate. This is particularly true of the B vitamins. Children and
teens require some nutrients in greater amounts than adults. Calcium,
magnesium and zinc are especially important, as are vitamin A, C and E.
Moreover, calcium, magnesium and zinc must be in specific ratios to do
their jobs and many processed foods skew these ratios or even eliminate
them, rendering them virtually useless. The teenager's bane of skin
blemishes is often due to inadequate amounts of vitamins A, C and E.
People with poor night vision usually suffer from a lack of vitamin A. Do
you bruise easily? Perhaps a lack of vitamin D is the culprit.
Certain diseases and health conditions can be partially or completely
remedied with proper nutritional supplements. For example, some women are
more prone to yeast infections than others. Causes may be genetic or
dietary. Yeast feeds on sugar, so excessive sugar intake may promote
these infections. At the same time, vitamin K helps keep the bacteria
candiasis in check with a proper balance of 'good' and 'bad' bacteria.
Therefore, some women may benefit from nutritional supplements of vitamin
It's important to note that nutritional supplements are not all equally
effective. Often, the cheaper supplements are not in a form that's
readily absorbed or may even have undesirable side effects. Vitamin C
made from rose hips are more readily absorbed and does not irritate your
stomach like vitamin C derived from ascorbic acid. There's much to know
when it comes to choosing the right nutritional supplements. It's a good
idea to consult with a knowledgeable person at your local health food
store or visit an online vendor of supplements to be sure you're getting
a product your body can use.
Nutritional supplements can be a boon to your health when properly chosen
and applied. Your family physician can provide valuable information on
supplements as they may relate to your specific conditions. Do yourself a
favor and look into the possible benefits for you and your family. To
your good health!