Mahatma Gandhi once said that real wealth is found in good health and not in pieces of gold or silver. Good health is therefore each person’s individual responsibility.
However the practices of modern day make achieving good health a much trickier affair. Busy work schedules coupled with easy access to processed food means that most people’s diets have poorer nutritional value. This is where the importance of supplements is seen.
According to Spiqy.com, supplements are substances that add specific nutritional value that is not catered for in sufficient amounts in an individual’s everyday diet. Supplements come in different forms; vitamins, minerals, fats, fibers or proteins.
5 ways that supplements boost your health
•Good for immunity-The immune system is the body’s protective barrier
against any harmful organisms or processes. Specific supplements like omega 3
oils and vitamins help revitalize the immune system.
•Preserving Mental Health- The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is a high output system, requiring high amounts of nutrition for energy purposes. Vitamins like B12 and folate are particularly important as they help in the structural formation of the nerves. A diet poor in these substances may lead to depression, muscle weakness or even fetal malformations.
•Picture Perfect Vision-An integral part of healthy eyesight is high levels of vitamin A. Actually the commonest cause of preventable blindness the world over is vitamin A deficiency. It is for this reason that in some areas of the world children are given Multivitamin supplements during the first three years of life.
•Anti-Carcinogenic action-Our environment today is polluted with toxic fumes, chemicals and substances that damage our body by forming free radicals and this in the long run can lead to the formation of cancers. The antioxidant activity found in minerals (selenium, zinc) and vitamins (vitamin E) help in preventing cancer formation
•Muscle and body building –Every fitness plan should be augmented with appropriate supplements. Protein supplements can be particularly useful for those wishing to build muscle in a healthy and natural way.
Facts to keep in mind
Supplements continue to grow in popularity due to their proven health benefits. However it is important to remember that good health begins with eating a healthy and balanced diet, this ensures that your daily nutritional needs are met. As we read here, supplements, therefore, should not be used as a primary source of nutrition or as a substitute for actual meals.
Second, they should also be taken as per the recommended daily intake; this is because excess amounts may have deleterious effects on the body.