Nowadays, the purchase of various vitamins, minerals or supplements with various phytonutrients and plant extracts is verycommon. Whether there is a real need for their use or not, people easily and naively buy and use these supplements. The fact is that some health conditions require the use of certain supplements, but a healthy person usually does not need to use any supplements. Before you decide to reach out for vitamins and minerals in the form of supplements, we suggest you read the text that follows.
What is the purpose of the supplements?
The most commonly produced supplements are those that contain vitamins and minerals, but today there are many supplements with various nutrients, phytochemicals, plant extracts, etc., which are claimed to have the power to prevent or help in the treatment of certain diseases. The purpose of a vitamin or mineral supplements is to treator prevent certain deficient conditions that are usually caused by some health problems of other factorsor to strengthen immunity and help in preventing some diseases. If anemia occurs in postoperative conditions due to blood loss or you have anemia caused by reduced iron absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, then the supplementation of iron and vitamins from the B complex is justified, but if there is no reason then there is no justification for the use of supplements.
Which supplements are commonly used?
Most commonly used are multivitamin and multimineral supplements that contain all the vitamins and minerals in the necessary daily quantities, which provide us with a safe daily intake of all vitamins and minerals.
What is the risk of inappropriate use of supplements?
Firstly, it is important not only to take in the vitamins and minerals in your body, but they should also be absorbed so that they can be used. Some vitamins and minerals support each other’s absorption while others are interfering. That’s why eventough you intake a supplement with all the vitamins and minerals, you cannot be sure that it will be properly used. Vitamins and minerals in food are found together with other substances that facilitate their absorption or metabolism, and therefore their isolated form can never be compared to the natural form.
The other thing to look out for is that some vitamins and minerals can really be dangerous if taken in larger quantities, and if taken for a long time. For example, vitamin A can cause cardiovascular problems, can increase intracranial pressure, increase the risk of respiratory infections. Some minerals such as selenium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and other trace minerals are also toxic in larger quantities and can cause some quite severe symptoms or impair the balance of other vitamins and minerals in the body. Therefore, do not reach for vitamins and minerals in tablets, if you do not have a real need, but your source of these substances should be healthy foods that offer you a much larger complex of protective substances whose joint action cannot be compared with their actions in isolated form.