The human body is a complex of many processes going on simultaneously. With so much going on, the body needs a steady supply of energy to sustain this activity. This required energy is in the form of minerals, vitamins, and many other nutrients which are essential for the body. Now, ideally, all of these requirements should be fulfilled by food but due to many reasons, our body may experience a deficiency of one or more essential nutrients. To cover this deficiency, supplements are taken that ensure the smooth functioning of the body.
These dietary supplements can in no way substitute healthy food as their function is only to fill any gaps left behind in the required essentials. Usually, a negative connotation is associated with supplements but it’s not the supplements that are bad but their abuse that can create some problems. When used responsibly, they provide adequate amounts of essential nutrients. To ensure a healthy lifestyle, these supplements play a very important role with prior knowledge of their use as a pre-condition.
Many people wonder, are these supplements safe to take? For their satisfaction, all dietary supplements are passed through many stages of evaluation before making them available to consumers. In addition, drug authorities take any supplement off the market if they are found to be causing any kind of harm. However, it is advised to always gather maximum information before taking any supplement and never use any without a doctor’s approval.
Benefits of Using Supplements
A very large proportion of people take at least one type of dietary supplement regularly. Their benefits are many for the human body and some are listed here.
Makes sure that your body is getting all the required nutrients.
Helpful in weight gain and weight loss endeavors.
Athletic performances are improved by their use.
Can impact cognitive abilities positively.
Ensure a big boost to the immune system.
Regulate sleep patterns.
Great help for pregnant women during the whole phase of pregnancy.
Gives your overall health a hearty boost.
Word of Caution
As described above the benefits of supplements are multifold but using them without prior knowledge can lead to problems of various degrees. It is always advised to know the product before using it. Read the labels as they include much information about their contents. Most products have a “supplement facts” label which gives you necessary information about the daily requirement quantities. Moreover, one should know the impacts of supplements upon interaction with others, their side effects or more than one impacts they may have on the body. Take the case of melanotan which is known for skin tanning. But on the other hand, melanotan 2 is also used to produce erections in men to treat erectile dysfunction. Various other supplements can also have dual functions which one needs to know beforehand to counter any unwanted impacts. Similarly, overuse can also create problems. Overuse of Vitamin E can increase the action of blood thinners leading to bruising and nosebleeds.
So, it is advised to ask your doctor about any supplements you plan to take as well as their compatibility with the medication you are currently taking. (1)
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