Understanding Vitamins

The Advantages of Taking Health Vitamins

Vitamins can be consumed in so many ways. Typically, vitamins are obtained through the foods we eat, but depending on your cultural or cuisine traditions, it is common to be low in some natural vitamin intake. Hence, the nutrition industry has designed supplements that can increase the vitamin content in your body. A multivitamin is generally considered to be one of the best alternative for enhancing the overall balance of your body, specifically if you have a job or a lifestyle that generally is the reason to you missing meals, eating at irregular times, or eating the same food very frequently.

Vitamins and other dietary supplements are not intended to be used as food substitutes. They are not meant replace all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods. Instead, they are originally produced to safeguard you against micronutrient deficiencies triggered by insufficient dietary intake. Here are some of the top reasons for you to take health vitamins.

Supplement Missing Nutrients

When the food on your plate is insufficient and does not contain essential nutrients such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and other nutrients that many people don’t get in adequate amounts, supplements can help boost your nutritional intake. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help prevent deficiencies that result in serious conditions. Various studies have revealed the health benefits and effectiveness of supplementing missing nutrients in the diet. As a matter of fact, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study saw increased bone density and decreased incidence of fractures in postmenopausal women who take calcium and vitamin D.

Advisable for People with Medical Conditions

Some people require vitamin supplements due to some medical conditions that can bring about deficiencies. People who do not have a regular balanced diet, for instance, because they are poor, are battling an alcohol addiction, or have dietary restrictions (such as vegans), may gain a lot from particular vitamin pills. In the same way, supplements are also advisable for people with serious gut conditions such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, chronic diarrhea, or gastric bypass surgery that impede the absorption of vitamins in food. Moreover, people on dialysis because kidney failure may require vitamin supplements.

People with Specific Requirements

Some brands of vitamins supplements are especially designed to foster hair growth; relieve joint stiffness, pain and swelling from arthritis; relieve the symptoms of depression; and help make a woman’s body ready for a healthy pregnancy. Women, men, children and seniors all have many choices of multivitamin brands. Adults of all ages who get so little exposure to sunlight such as those who are homebound or in an institution may need to take vitamin D supplements.

Source: http://runningsolegirl.com/truths-of-a-balanced-diet/

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