Even a well planned diet can be deficient in a number of ways, but typically in minerals and vitamins. Supplements are either ‘ basic dietary ’ that support a normal balanced diet, or ‘advanced dietary’ that reduce the risk or incidence of certain conditions or diseases. The article provides an introduction to 25 common basic dietary supplements ranging from vitamins to enzymes explaining their benefits.
• Supplements are generally safe for everybody if taken in accordance with their recommended daily allowance (RDA). However, always consult you doctor before embarking on a regimen of dietary supplementation.
• Taking a lot of one particular supplement while ignoring the bigger, interconnected picture can easily upset the optimum balance for your body. Moreover, some supplements can become toxic if the dosage is too high, notably fat soluble vitamins a, d and E and the majority of the 14 minerals we need. Most of the time the average body needs just a nudge with the right supplement. For this reason, a balanced, broad-spectrum multivitamin with added minerals will be quite sufficient for most.
• If is largely impossible to overdose on vitamin C and the vitamin B group as they are water soluble and, for the most part, are flushed out of the body on a daily basis. Another important supplement, the broad-spectrum enzyme, is also non-toxic.
• Be aware that in order for supplementation to be effective, whatever you are taking frequently requires the presence of other nutrients as a catalyst to activate or optimize its absorption. Another good reason to take a broad-spectrum multivitamin once a day. If you’re 50 or over you should automatically take a broad-spectrum multivitamin every day and seriously consider a broad-spectrum enzyme supplement as well. Both will greatly help absorption of nutrients from your diet and slow the aging process. It may be one of the best investments you ever make – prevention, as ever, is better than cure. Remember, eating and absorption are not, unfortunately, the same thing. We all eat, but as we age it is increasingly difficult for our bodies to extract the nutrients.
• Supplements, as their name implies, are not a replacement for a normal balanced diet.