Why nutritional supplements are important?

by | Jul 20, 2020 | Food

We all know that consuming a balanced diet is important to have optimum health. Having a balanced diet provides the body with the nutrients required to carry out the crucial functions of the body. It is always better to consume varieties of natural foods to obtain maximum nutrients.

However, most of what we eat does not come directly from the farms and has undergone various procedures before it reaches the market. Furthermore, cutting and cooking lead to loss of nutrients. Contributing factors like Stress, medical complications, and environmental factors increases the need for essential nutrients to cope up with daily activities and more energy levels.

Adding nutritional supplements ensures that the body receives the required Nutrients required for enhancing health and to improve functions like protection, repair, regeneration, and support.

1. Multivitamin Multi-mineral

It is a combination of vitamins and minerals. Along with providing with the vitamins and minerals required by body it helps to reduce the levels of stress and anxiety. Taking them daily replenishes the body’s supply and improves the energy levels. It helps to maintain muscle strength too.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is not produced by the body and hence necessary to be consumed. It is a powerful antioxidant that improves body’s defensive mechanism. It reduces the risk of chronic diseases, helps to maintain blood pressure, increases iron absorption, boosts immunity, helps wound heal faster. Vitamin C supplement of 500 mg to 1000 mg daily helps the body to achieve it benefits. Vitamin C toxicity rarely occurs as it is a water soluble vitamin.

3. Omega 3

Lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, improves heart health, reduce menstrual cramps, Supplements with omega 3 1000 mg are usually consumed on daily basis. Consumption of omega 3 should not be more than 3 gms.

4. Calcium

It is required daily to maintain the bone health. It also is required in the blood to release hormones and regulate the contraction of muscles. Meeting calcium requirements daily through the diet is difficult. Many people do not eat or eat less amount of calcium rich foods.  1000 mg of calcium supplement can be taken.

5. Iron

Most of the cells in your body contain iron. Its main function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the organs. Women who are pregnant, menstruating, athletes, anaemic people who experience regular blood loss face iron deficiency. Anaemia is widespread in India- 58.6% of children, 53.2% of nonpregnant women and 50.4% of pregnant women were found to be anaemic (NFHS.2016).

6. Biotin

Biotin helps convert certain nutrients into energy. It plays a major role in the health of your skin, hair and nails. If there is lack of biotin in the body it results in hair loss, scaly red rashes, depression, tiredness.2000 to 5000 mcg of biotin daily in supplements is recommended for hair loss.

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