DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: ARE THEY BENEFICIAL?

Dietary supplements are the much-needed resources for our body but how do we get them, get your all questions answered here.

“It is health that is real wealth, not pieces of gold and silver”

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi said this quote before independence. He was much right with this saying. As deep down we all know that this 6feet tall body is the only one that can keep us alive when we all will be of 60 or above. All other relations are needed to live your life but if you don’t have any relation with your body then you have no life. So, to keep that relation healthy we should take care of ourselves. There are lots of methods to keep you healthy. Today we are going to take one of them i.e. dietary supplements. So, without wasting much more time on talking let’s move to our main content.

What are Dietary supplements?

Dietary supplements are the essential nutrients that are much required for better growth of the body. As most of the nutrients are available in our diet but some are not. To complete that remaining one, we require extra supplements i.e. Dietary supplements. They help in lowering the risk of health issues like osteoporosis, arthritis and cardiovascular events. These supplements come in the form of pills, capsules, gels, powder or extracts. They contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and enzymes.

dietary supplements

According to the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994. A dietary supplement is a product i.e. intended to supplement the diet, contain one or more dietary ingredients or their constituents, intended to taken by mouth as a pill or capsule or liquid and labelled as a dietary supplement.

Types

Well, there are mainly 3 types of dietary supplements. Let’s see them one by one.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins & minerals are the two major nutrients that play a vital role in the growth of the body. There are total 13 types of vitamins i.e. Vitamin A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate). Vitamins have different jobs in our body. From Building immunity against infectious disease to keeping nerves healthy, they play an important role. Some minerals like calcium, potassium are required in higher amount. However, you can get most of them in your diet.

Specialty Supplements

If you often get sick, your immunity doesn’t increase or you feel a body ache every time you move then speciality supplements are for you. These are the magical nutrients that help you all above tasks. There are several speciality supplements like omega-3, ashwagandha, turmeric, elderberry, etc. According to a survey by the Council of Responsible Nutrition(CRN), approximately 43 per cent people uses speciality supplements in their diet. These supplements have various health benefits like, they regulate the blood pressure easily, etc.

Botanicals

Botanicals are the plant-based supplements which can be used for the proper growth of the body with natural ways. According to a survey around 26 per cent of people uses herbals & botanicals as a dietary supplement. Green tea, garlic, cranberry, echinacea and ginseng are one of the most commonly used dietary supplements in the botanicals category.

Benefits

Dietary supplements have various health benefits. They lower the risk of health issues like osteoporosis, arthritis, hypertension and spina bifida (birth defect). They boost the metabolism of the body and keep you away from various communicable disease.

  • VITAMIN A: Helps to maintain skin, bones and soft tissues healthy.
    • C: It is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth & gums, also essential for wound healing.
    • D: It is made by body by sunlight, 10 to 15 minutes sunshine thrice a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D.
    • E: Also an antioxidant, used to make RBC’s and use vitamin K.
    • K: Used to coagulate the blood.
  • B6: It plays important role in proteins. The more proteins you eat the more vitamin B6 your body requires.
  • B12: It helps to form RBC’s & maintain the central nervous system.
  • THIAMINE: It helps to change carbs into energy. It is also essential for heart function and healthy nerve cells.
  • RIBOFLAVIN: Important for proper growth of the body and production of RBC’s.
  • NIACIN: Maintain healthy skin & nerves.
  • BIOTIN: Essential for the metabolism of proteins & carbs. Helps in the production of hormones & cholesterol.
  • CALCIUM: It works with vitamin D and helps to increase bone strength.
  • POTASSIUM: It helps to regulate fluid balance, muscle contraction and nerve signal.
  • OMEGA-3: It reduces the risk of cardiac death caused by abnormal heart rhythm and regulates blood pressure.
  • ASHWAGANDHA: It can reduce blood sugar levels and cortisol levels.

Faq’s

Q1. What are the side effects of Dietary supplements?

When taken in a dose as prescribed by the physician. Till then there will be no side effects. however, if you took it more than the prescribed dose it may show the following signs:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Kidney problems

Q2. Are supplements bad for your kidney?

People suffering from any kind of kidney disease should not take these supplements until unless a doctor prescribes you to do that. Supplements are not regulated by the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), and such products may be harmful to people, especially people suffering from kidney problems.

Takeaway

Before taking any kind of supplement kindly consult with your physician. Dietary supplements are good if you take them in a correct dose. Otherwise, it may show some side effects. So at last, I want to thank you for reading this content. Hope you all love it, if yes, then please let us know by commenting in the comment section it won’t take much time. Your views are precious to us. If you still have some doubts about Dietary supplements. Feel free to contact us anytime on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.


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Rohit Chaudhary

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