What are Nutritional Supplements?
Nutritional Supplements are vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other products that are used to support good health and treat illness. While it is always best to get nutrients through the foods you eat, sometimes taking a supplement can help. For example, taking zinc supplements has been reported to shorten the duration of the common cold and lower the incidence of acute diarrhea in children.
What are the types of Supplements?
Vitamins, Minerals, Glandulars, Homeopathic Remedies, Therapeutic Compounds, Herbals, Amino Acids, Protein Shakes and Detox Shakes.
What are Nutrients?
Nutrients are substances that the body needs to be healthy. The body requires more than 45 nutrients, and the ways they are used are as different as the molecules, cells, and tissues they help to create.
The food you eat, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, are called macronutrients. They are broken down, or metabolized, to provide energy.
Vitamins, minerals, and compounds are called micronutrients. It is not necessary to take in much of them, but they are crucial for the body to function. Many diseases throughout history–such as scurvy, beri beri, and osteomalacia–are directly caused by lack of certain vitamins. Nutrient imbalances are more common and more difficult to detect, but cause a significant amount of human misery.
How do Vitamins and Minerals work?
Vitamins and minerals play an essential role in the body’s normal metabolism, growth, and development. While a vitamin is not a source of energy by itself, it can provide the key the body needs to unlock energy stored in food. Some vitamins and minerals work together, such as the mineral Zinc and Vitamin A. Zinc enables the body to use Vitamin A to promote good vision. Not getting enough Vitamin A may lead to night blindness, a condition in which the eyes have trouble adjusting to darkness. Zinc supplementation may help prevent this condition by helping the body use Vitamin A.
Remember, taking supplements are not an answer to long-term good health. Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise and a positive mental attitude has been shown to be the best bet for a healthy lifestyle.
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