Do you take a multivitamin or dietary supplement? If so, you are not alone. In 2016, 71 percent of adults did, especially those age 55 and older. (statistics EU)
A well-balanced, healthy diet may provide the full complement of necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs. When your diet falls short, supplements can fill the void. It is definitely HEALTH instead of hype, however you have to make sure you will order your supplements with the right advice.
Overview of Supplements
There are four general categories of supplements: vitamins, minerals, herbs/botanicals and sports nutrition aids. Each contain one or more dietary ingredients, and they come in a variety of forms, such as pills, powders and energy bars. The most common reasons people give for taking supplements is for overall health and wellness and increased energy.
The most common supplement is a multivitamin. Most multivitamins contain the age and gender recommended dietary allowance of nutrients needed to meet the requirements of most healthy people.
Benefits of Supplements
Supplements can help some people get the right amounts of essential nutrients when they are deficient or if they have unusual demands on their health. For example, women take folic acid (a type of B vitamin) when pregnant because folic acid deficiencies can cause birth defects in a developing baby’s spine or brain. People who have iron-deficiency anemia (from internal bleeding or heavy menstrual flow, for example) may need iron supplements to bring their iron levels up to normal levels.
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So, let's conquer those cold winter days & start taking those well needed supplements!