What are supplements

 What are supplements

Food supplements consist of many components such as vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, and minerals. supplements are marketed in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, soft gels, and soft capsules.

What are supplements

What are the advantages and benefits of supplements

We need some supplements to ensure we get enough of the essential substances our bodies need. Scientific reports have proven that it may help reduce the risk of disease. Provided that supplements do not replace the main daily meals which play a major role in motivating a healthy diet.

Unlike medicines, dietary supplements are not allowed to be marketed as treating, relieving, diagnosing, or preventing disease. This means that manufacturers should not make claims about diseases, for example, "reduce high cholesterol" or "cure heart disease." Such claims cannot legitimately be made for supplements or they will lose credibility.

Are there risks in taking supplements

Simply the answer is yes, and the reason is that supplements contain active ingredients that have a strong biological effect on our bodies. It can sometimes make them unsafe and harm or complicate our health. 

We list here, for example, the wrong actions that have resounding, tentative, and even life-threatening consequences:

  1. Take a combination of supplements at the same time.
  2. Replacing medicines with supplements.
  3. Taking supplements with medications (with or without a prescription)
  4. Excessive intake of certain supplements such as iron, vitamin D, or vitamin. Therefore, tell your healthcare provider, including your pharmacist, about any supplements you are taking.

Here are some common  supplements

  • Ginkgo
  • Green Tea
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Calcium
  • Echinacea
  • Fish Oil
  • Ginseng
  • Glucosamine and/or
  • Chondroitin Sulphate
  • Garlic
  • Vitamin D

Who is responsible for the safety of nutritional supplements

The Food and Drug Administration is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and efficacy before they are marketed.

Manufacturers and distributors of supplements have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe before they are put on the market.

If a supplement contains a new ingredient, manufacturers are required to report it to the Food and Drug Administration, and the risks are only reviewed for safety, not efficacy.

In the event of a serious problem associated with supplementation, manufacturers should report it. So the FDA can withdraw products from the market and investigate false and misleading products.

What basic information should I know before taking the supplement

All supplements include a label with the basic information as follows:

  1. The name of the supplement and its components
  2. The name and location of the manufacturer
  3. The name of the authorized distributors from the factory
  4. How to contact for product claims support
  5. Information on the efficacy and safety of the product's ingredients

How do you buy a smart supplement

In order to become a smart complement shopper. Here's how:

  1. When Google or Amazon searches for supplements, use non-commercial websites rather than relying on information from manufacturers and sellers.
  2. Do not take into account that a "natural" product does not always mean safety
  3. Before you think about taking the supplement, you should consult your health care provider, because it will benefit you if the supplement is safe and beneficial for you.
  4. Take into account your safety first.
  5. Always keep in mind that soft words can be misleading, eg "works better" or "safe with no side effects."

What are the top five supplements

Magnesium: This mineral plays a key role in 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Its functions aid in nerve and muscle vitality, maintain the vitality of the immune system, regulate heartbeat, prevent osteoporosis, calm nerves, and reduce anxiety.

One of the reasons for low magnesium in our body is due to sleep disturbances, drinking coffee, or life stresses. Therefore, it is advisable to take a magnesium supplement as a dietary supplement to maintain the vitality of our bodies, taking into account the advice of a healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Vitamin D-3: It is an active compound that plays a significant role in the metabolism process. It is usually made by the body using sunlight and ultraviolet light from them, or absorbed through the digestive system from some foods. 

The most important role of vitamin D is to facilitate the absorption of calcium from the intestine and to maintain calcium balance in the body and bones. It is highly recommended to take it as a dietary supplement, especially in the winter season, the best type is in the form of Vitamin D3, and the recommended dose is 1000 units per day.

Probiotics: It forms a natural barrier to defend gut health and helps control symptoms of many digestive disorders, such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

Probiotics help relieve symptoms and treat irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and Crohn's disease. Probiotics help produce chemicals in the brain including more than 30 neurotransmitters, such as the mood enhancer serotonin.

Multi vitamins: It is a food supplement that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and is used to compensate or prevent the deficiency in the level of some vitamins, which may result from various reasons, such as malnutrition, malabsorption, or pregnancy. When choosing a multivitamin, make sure that it is free of impurities and artificial colors, and ensure the purity of the product.

EPA / DHA: Fish oil consists of two components, EPA / DHA, which balances the body's hormones, improves their levels, increases blood flow, increases fertility in men and women, and reduces inflammatory problems.

This is the only supplement that everyone can benefit from, as it has been proven in laboratory and clinical studies, which range from supporting the heart and blood vessels, improving joint functions, the nervous system, mood, brain health, allergies, eczema, and supporting the immune system in general.

Note: It is recommended to get more nutrients through a healthy, varied, unprocessed diet, but a deficiency remains. Therefore, we recommend using dietary supplements as recommended by your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

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