What are the benefits of supplements?
Supplements are designed to augment daily intake of the essential nutrients. Some medical conditions such as diabetes can cause you to develop deficiency or insufficiency of some essential nutrients in your body. However, supplements can make up for the deficient nutrients, enabling your body to function normally. Because of the numerous health benefits of supplements, you will find that many adults in developed countries are taking one or more supplements every day. The supplements are taken either in form of tablets, powder, capsules, and energy bars and drinks.
Benefits of supplements
Supplements have active ingredients and nutrients that can help you to meet your daily requirements of essential nutrients. There are different types of supplements with different types of nutrients. Vitamin supplements are the most common type of supplements especially vitamin D and E supplements. Vitamin D supplements strengthen your bones while vitamin E plays a crucial role in enhancing fertility.
Mineral supplements are also popular. These supplements are essential for the body to function normally. If your body cannot produce these minerals naturally, you can either get the minerals in the food that you take or through supplements. When you have a restricted diet, mineral supplements can easily boost your daily mineral requirements.
When it comes to amino acids, your body can only make a few while the rest is usually obtained through diet. Sometimes your diet cannot provide all the necessary amino acids. For that reason, you can rely on supplements to make up for deficient or insufficient amino acids in your body.
Enzymes and glandular supplements also play an important role in availing enzymes necessary for different catalytic processes in your body. Enzymes supplements are crucial functions of the endocrine, cellular, and digestive system.
Supplements ensure that your body gets the vital substances it needs to function well. Supplements can also help reduce or eliminate the risk of chronic diseases. In general terms, supplements play an important role towards your overall health.
It doesn’t matter if you eat a healthy, mostly plant-based diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, chances are the food comes from soils that have insufficient mineral content. When foods are grown repeatedly over in the same soils, the mineral content of that soil becomes depleted over time. So there is a high chance you are eating mineral-less food. And to make things worse, foods nowadays are picked weeks and even months before we see them on the shelves of our local supermarket or convenient stores.
We humans have a bad habit of over cooking our food, which resulted in a massive loss of nutritional value. This means that far fewer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes goes into our bodies. And on top of that, eating these over cooked foods creates its own set of health problems. Many of us lead busy lives and some of us are busier than others. Between commitments to your family, school, work, community, faith and other obligations, our lives are stressed and even stretched to the max. All this stress takes a toll on your body and weakens your immune system. Taking supplements aids to bridge that gap and give your body some addition nutrients it needs to function optimally.
Supplements are designed to work with a healthy diet, not in place of it. Supplements are exactly what they say they are – a supplement to boost nutrient levels beyond what the diet can provide. And with up to 90% of us failing to reach the minimum intake of nutrition; supplements could be of a significant help. We require nutrition at every stage of our life to meet our daily dietary needs:
· Growing (infancy, childhood, adolescence, or body-building)
· Degenerating (old age, palliative care)
· Disease states and injuries, and in recovery or convalescence
· Chronic illnesses and some disabilities
· Times of trauma and stress (including mild ongoing stressors)
The body requires extra nutrients to address all types of illnesses, injury, and physical stress. Even mental stress demands higher nutrient intake. To make things trickier, these situations often impact digestion. Stress of any kind reduces the function of the stomach and intestines, resulting in impaired bio-availability. Bio-availability refers to the proportion of the nutrient content of a food that is digested, absorbed and metabolized through our bodies normally. A nutrient insufficiency can often lead to an endless cycle, spirally towards chronic deficiency.
Good quality supplements deliver nutrients in bio-available forms and ensures that these nutrients will be readily absorbed and used by our body. Hence with the changes in the nutrient composition of our soils and the increased demand on our bodies at different stages of our lives, it has become more important than ever to include supplements in our daily diet to ensure our nutritional needs are reliably and consistently met.
Hopefully this article will help you better understand the important benefits of including supplements to your daily intake of food. Here's wishing you a great journey to better healthy living.