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Dietary Supplements - Who Needs Them?


People who are young and healthy rarely think of taking dietary
supplement, but when illness hits or age progresses, with its
attendant health problems and lack of energy, the search begins
for a dietary supplement that might provide that long sought for
holy grail, eternal youth.

No dietary supplement can provide that, but with the assiduous
use of vitamins and minerals, we can often achieve optimum health
for our age group and certainly ease the symptoms of diseases we
may suffer from.

Dietary supplements can be divided into two main types;
nutritional, (vitamins and minerals and amino acids) and
botanical (herbal types).

But is it really necessary for someone who is young and healthy
to take dietary supplements? You may consider that your diet is
healthy enough, but vegetables and dairy food can only be as good
as the soil in which they are grown and many farmers will agree
that their soil is worn out. Why else do they have to add
chemical fertilizers at ever increasing rates? If the soil were
farmed organically, instead of with an eye to profit all the
time, it would be in much better health and so would we.

Another point to consider is the freshness (or otherwise) of the
products we buy. Most vegetables are at least a week old by the
time they get to our homes. Although many are kept in cool
storage, this length of time causes the nutritional value to
greatly decrease. Fruit is often picked before ripe and put into
cold storage for weeks or months, then when it is needed, hit
with a gas to make it ripen quickly. This gas is supposed to be
safe in small amounts, but it is carcinogenic….

Some dietary supplement exponents declare lack of magnesium to be
a major cause of high blood pressure. People who have found the
usual blood pressure medications to cause more discomfort than
they cure tried out magnesium supplements and in some cases were
able to stop using their prescription medication entirely within
two months. Of course, you should never do this without
consulting your health care professional.

There are some people who claim that dietary supplements do
nothing but give us expensive urine. That may be true if you have
a super healthy diet and are therefore less likely to be lacking
in vitamins, but
health-care professionals are increasingly
advising extra supplements for those under stress such as
illness, pregnancy, or periods of sudden growth spurts.

If your tongue is inflamed and you suffer from loss of appetite,
shortness of breath, are irritable, forgetful and mentally
sluggish, you may have a folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is one
of the B group of vitamins and most animal and plant foods are
poor sources of it. The exception is liver which most people
don’t eat a lot of these days. Some habits and diseases like
celiac disease, alcoholism and irritable bowel syndrome, also
play a major part in causing a deficiency of this vitamin, so if
you suffer from any of these problems, ask your doctor if you
need a supplement. An excellent source is : SUPPLEMENT MENU






See:  Dietary Supplements-Botanicals