Dietary supplements are considered food. These are concentrates of nutrients: vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements or any other substance such as plants or plant preparations having a nutritional or physiological effect. Alone or combined, dietary supplements are in the form of doses, the presentation of which varies: capsule, lozenge, tablet, powder bag, liquid bulb, bottle with a dropper or chewing gum. If they contribute to the proper functioning of the body, by making up for deficiencies, they cannot replace a balanced and varied diet.
Reasons To Consume Dietary Supplements
Over the past few decades, our consumption patterns have changed. Even though we are making efforts to consume products from reasoned agriculture and putting our cook’s hat to cook “home-made” dishes, the fact remains that the consumption of unprocessed products is diminishing and the nutritional qualities of these are depleting in the race to produce beautiful and resistant foods. For example, an apple now contains 100 times less vitamins C than in the 1950s! At the same time, we are also becoming more sedentary and sleeping less and less. In short, changes in our lifestyles that cause deficiencies, deficiencies that then disrupt the proper functioning of our body. We then have to make up for these shortcomings on an ad hoc basis. In this way, concentrated dietary supplements contribute to the proper functioning of the body.
Concentrated sources of one or more nutrients, dietary supplements are also allies to overcome certain pathologies or discomforts of life. This is why the wide range of dietary supplements that are specially developed to minimize hair loss, more easily eliminate toxins from the body, stimulate immune defenses, refuel iron, stimulate the brain in the preparatory period of an examination or to promote sports recovery after intense effort such as a marathon. And for good reason, the range of dietary supplements is wide in order to give a boost to correct a point nutritional deficiency, to maintain an appropriate intake of certain nutrients at a given time.
Tips To Take Full Advantage Of The Benefits Of Dietary Supplements
The first and not the least is to follow the recommendations of the National Nutrition Health Programme (PNNS), which consists in the broad outlines of favouring healthy foods, having a balanced and varied diet and, above all, a healthy lifestyle (i.e., doing a regular sport practice and adopting rituals to sleep well on a daily basis). These nutritional recommendations allow you to know the amounts of nutrients needed to maintain good health, depending on age and gender. Then, before choosing a particular dietary supplement, it is best to check with the treating physician, the professional to make sure that the intake is not contraindicated or that its consumption is wise. Indeed, you don’t need to take dietary supplements for osteoarthritis if you don’t have it, even as a preventive measure!
To take full advantage of the effectiveness of dietary supplements, you must then read the labels, follow the daily consumption recommendations indicated: daily quantity, duration of use and mode of administration. Be aware that dietary supplements have a regulatory framework that guarantees consumer protection; The DGCCRF carries out checks before and after the introduction of food supplements at the place of manufacture, at the storage sites or even in the sales areas. To choose them well, decrypt the packaging, ask the opinion of professionals if you have medical treatment, do not combine several supplements unless advised by professionals, favour natural extracts and labels (Ecocert, AB, European organic label, fair trade bio) in particular.