Nutritional Health Supplements

The market for nutritional health supplements is booming at present. Increasingly people are taking more of an interest in their health and want to improve their well-being. Both adults and children alike are turning to nutritional health supplements to achieve this. And many of them are finding the nutritional health supplements are proving well worth the investment.

At the core of any course of nutritional health supplements is a good daily multivitamin. This will ensure optimal functions within the body, which lead to good mental and physical well-being. However it is often useful to add to any course of multivitamins specific nutritional health supplements that suit the individual concerned. For example, people who are at risk of heart disease may find a course of CoQ10 effective in staving off the condition. Similarly Alzheimers can be positively avoided through an intake of vitamins C and E.

A good multivitamin will provide most if not all the recommended daily dosage of essential vitamins and nutrients needed by the body. Many multivitamins are specifically formulated to meet the needs of specific groups of people such as pregnant women, the over 50s and growing children.

There is some debate over the best way to take nutritional health supplements. Some people advocate multivitamin drinks, claiming the body absorbs the nutrients better; others believe a good quality tablet taken with food is the best method. Evidence is inconclusive for either argument, although if tablets are taken it is worth checking the coating used as some cheaper brands will use a sugar or glycerin coating that will not degrade fast enough in the body. In some instances multivitamin tablets have been known to pass through the gut intact. A simple test is to leave one of the tablets in a glass of water: it should start to dissolve within 60 minutes.

Generally the body needs a selection of 13 basic vitamins to function at it’s best. The vitamins we need for optimum performance are vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, B12 and the B-complex vitamins (of which there are seven).

Most of the vitamins we need are found in the foods we eat but not everyone has a balanced diet rich in the correct nutrients and much of the food we consume is so intensely farmed or processed that the goodness we could expect is depleted. A reduction in the vitamins and minerals in our bodies can lead to various ailments, some of them serious.

This is the reason so many people are turning to nutritional health supplements. Through their use the worst of the deficiency illnesses can be treated or avoided. Let’s look a little closer at the benefits a good vitamin supplement can offer.

A particular group of people at risk of vitamin deficiency are pregnant women. A good multivitamin supplement is often recommended by medical professionals particularly in the first few months of expectancy. The reason is obvious: not only is the mother going through major bodily changes but she is providing nutrients for a growing second body. It is important to ensure the baby has the possible start and avoids the problems related to malnutrition when first born. Care now will ensure fewer problems in the future. Nutritional health supplements are often also used to counter a specific lack of vitamins and minerals during this time: iron is a common requirement for example.

Pregnancy is not the only life change or style that requires particular attention to nutrition levels. The negative effects of childhood, adolescence, pollution, smoking, alcohol, and aging can all be offset with the correct use of an appropriate natural diet supplement.

Modern life often requires the need for nutritional health supplements and the range of nutrients they can provide. Stress is such a feature of ours lives now: so many of us lead such busy lives that it is difficult to ensure our health needs are met. Meals are missed as we rush around and many people grab unhealthy snacks or quick meals when the chance arises. In a former job I worked shifts and found my food was designed more for quick energy bursts rather than my long-term health. Obviously it makes sense to pay more attention to a healthy diet but often this is not possible so a good quality natural diet supplement will avoid complications later and indeed may provide much more long-term energy too. The introduction of the right vitamins may prevent cancer and heart disease as well as generally boosting the immune system.

It can be difficult to register a difference made by a course of vitamin supplements until you stop taking them. My personal experience has been that following the giving up of a good natural diet supplement the taker starts to feel less alive and becomes subject to minor ailments, such as the comon cold. Some people however start to feel the beneficial effects of the vitamins soon after taking the correct supplements. The right course of multivitamins for example will have a combined or synergistic effect on the body leading to an overall feeling of well-being.

Take vitamin E for example. This is a fat-soluble antioxidant and so works to combat possible damaging free radicals in the body but it also helps create healthy skin through its positive effect on cell membranes, red blood vessels and blood circulation. Vitamin E also maintains the optimum operation of the heart, nerves and muscles, particularly through its work on the oxygen-carrying capabilities of the blood.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. with multiple benefits. It has major effects on wound healing, bone structure, teeth, capillaries and the production of the essential collagen proteins. This vitamin is also essential to the maintenance of a strong immune system and the absorption of iron.

The human body is very efficient when maintained correctly and every one of the vitamins we need have multiple uses.

As always with any course of treatment, it is always wise to consult a medical professional before starting a course of supplements and it should never be assumed nutritional health supplements can combat all diseases. However ensuring the right levels of vitamins and minerals in the body will help the body perform to its best ability in most instances.