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What are dietary supplements? Dietary supplements are taken orally and contain “a dietary ingredient” that works to supplement the diet. This dietary ingredient could include one or more nutrients such as herbs, vitamins, amino acids, botanicals, minerals and some other substances such as organ tissues, glandular enzymes and metabolites. These dietary supplements can be consumed as a pill, tablet, capsule, or a bar and as soft gels, liquids, and gel caps. They could also be concentrates or extracts. Regardless, no matter what form they are in, it is necessary that they are labeled as dietary supplements on the front panel.
Why do we need dietary supplements? Diet supplements are taken for a number of reasons. Some people use them to treat medical conditions, while others use them when certain illnesses or conditions restrict the intake of important vitamins and nutrients. In addition, some people use them as energy boosters or to help them get good sleep at night. Some women who are in the postmenopausal stage generally use them to take care of the sudden drop in their estrogen levels.
Types of dietary supplements. There are different types of dietary supplements available. These can range from simple nutritional supplements to weight loss or bodybuilding supplements. Here is a list of dietary supplements that are available in the market and their benefits.
Word of caution. Dietary supplements are not simply food substitutes, and taking them does not mean that you can neglect your overall diet. They do not contain all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are found in whole food. These supplements should be used to complement your daily meals in case you have a problem getting sufficient nutrients. That said; it is okay to take these supplements as long as you have researched them are convinced about their safety and efficiency. Care has to be taken while taking these supplements as certain products work for some and can pose an unexpected risk to others. Some products contain active ingredients, which when combined with some other medicines can be extremely harmful. It is therefore very important that you inform your health professional about any supplements you are taking.
|Submitted on January 17, 2014|