So Much Things About Food supplements You Should Know

Ideally, a healthy and varied diet would provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. In some cases, however, food is grown in depleted soils or artificially under lights in hothouses. For example, selenium content in soils is varied and regional. New Zealand soils are quite low in selenium, as are parts of Australia, South Africa and North America, but it is important as an antioxidant and in supporting Vitamin E in your body. Antioxidants are certain minerals and vitamins, which are found in food sources. There are now many substances available from both natural and synthetic sources. Many (and certainly not all) of them can mimic the properties of natural antioxidants. A good rule of thumb is to see if the ingredients included in an antioxidant supplement are part of the natural human diet. If they are not, for example, if they come from tree bark, then do you thin) it would be appropriate to add them to the human food chain? Some studies suggest not. But, remember, one dose of antioxidants will not give you a healthy, youthful body fore\ They must be continually replaced in your diet to keep pace with free radical production. a diet laden with fresh, unprocessed wholefoods is essential.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Many people today take vitamin products. There is no doubt that many offer nutritior insurance. However, studies have shown that some supplements are poorly digested and ix through the body without much benefit. We have both taken supplements over the years f all sorts of reasons. Often we relied on health professionals or pharmacy assistants to advi us as to which supplements we should take and how often. We placed our health in the han of people we didn’t even know and who may have had little idea what our bodies neede By educating yourself and continuing to learn about supplements you will, over time, mal more sophisticated decisions about which ones to take and how to optimise your diet wil quality supplements. The responsibility lies in your hands.

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Guidelines for Buying Health Supplements

  1. If you live a busy lifestyle and know that at times you are not eating right, you may require supplementation.
  2. As mentioned before, be aware of the following antagonists when purchasing supplements: folic acid with zinc, iron with Vitamin E, Vitamin B and antioxidants.
  3. Avoid supplements that mix vitamins and minerals with herbs. While vitamins and minerals supplement your diet, herbs are treating your body, and when taken on their own work a lot more powerfully.
  4. In stressful times, you may well suffer from a lack of the Vitamin B group, because when your body is under stress it can limit B absorption from your food. Adding a good acidophilus supplement to your diet for a few weeks helps your body regain the balance that is often thrown out by stress.
  5. If you still wish to take a Vitamin B supplement, always use a B complex, as the B group all work together. Here is what to look for:
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    1. Concentrate on the date of manufacture more than the brand.
    2. Look at the expiry date — freshest is always best with Bs.
    3. And buy small pack sizes, no more than 30 tablets at a time.
  2. B vitamins degrade rapidly when mixed with water, so adding them to vitality drinks may mean there is little left by the time you drink them.
  3. The label lists what they put in, not necessarily what you get out.

Your Body-Maids Keeping Things in Order

Minerals co-exist with vitamins and their roles are very closely related. For example, Vitamin C helps increase the absorption of iron, and calcium absorption is improved in the presence of Vitamin D. Some of the complex B vitamins are absorbed only when combined with phosphorus, and zinc helps the liver release Vitamin A.Minerals also help maintain the delicate water balance essential for mental and physical functions. They assist the body to keep all fluids from becoming too acid or alkaline, and aid in the creation of antibodies. All the minerals needed by the body (that are known) must be obtained from the foods we eat.