09/07/2010

Why take Food Supplements?

There have been a lot of claims and counterclaims regarding the value of food supplements.

A very vocal set of nutritionists insist that there is no need to take food supplements if one has a balanced diet. However, in the same breath they admit that very few of us eat a balanced diet.

Then how will the children have healthy eyes, bones and joints? How will the elderly enjoy the same quality of life they enjoyed in their youth?

Unfortunately, the vehement critics of food supplements are at a loss for an answer.

Fortunately, the American Medical Association has cleared this confusion by recommending that all adults take a daily vitamin. Sadly, most of us do not take a good multivitamin everyday.

That is because we look at the multi-vitamin tablets as medicines and subconsciously avoid taking them in the belief that medicines are for the sick and elderly.

This is where a good food supplement steps in. The primary function of a food supplement is to fill the gaps in our diet.Nevertheless, we should be very careful in choosing the right one.

Therefore, before rushing off it is advisable to consult a doctor or an expert in food supplements and find out how much intake you need.

Qualified nutritional experts invariably recommend supplements made from plants are much more effective than others.

As most of these food supplements made from plants are water-soluble, it is easily digestible. Importantly these plant based food supplements have no side effects as the surplus is excreted through urine.

Finally, it is important to remember that there is no substitute to healthy eating and food supplements are in no way a replacement for a well-balanced diet.

Understand that a food supplement takes care of your unmet nutritional needs and use them as such.