ORGANIC FOOD SUPPLEMENTS – HEALTHY LIVING
Organic food supplements are often misconceived and taken for granted. Some people go to the extent of asking if they are functional or effective in some situations.
Even the fear of knowing the best out of the numerous available ones in the market compounds peoples’ problem and desire to demand the products.
This article seeks to redirect your mind about organic food supplements and expose you to the numerous benefits.
WHAT ARE ORGANIC FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
Ordinarily, some food nutrients are not delivered in required quantities as we consume our daily food crops like rice, barley, wheat, millet, fish, meat, egg, among others.
Food supplements can as well be called dietary or nutritional supplements.
They may come in form of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and many other substances required by the body and may be delivered in the form of tablets, capsules, pills, liquid, among others.
Just like other chemical drugs, organic food supplements come in doses and various combinations as measures for effectiveness.
Though these supplements are necessary for body metabolism, only a certain amount of each nutrient is needed for our bodies to function properly, making it unnecessary to consume much of it.
DO I NEED SUPPLEMENTS
Some people believe that supplements are only for the sick and so they may not need it. Meanwhile, some think that they can take food supplements in place of balanced diets.
For your information, you can neither replace balanced diet with supplements of say you are healthy enough to avoid them.
Good balanced diet includes consumption plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, adequate protein, and healthy fats, water for efficient body metabolism.
In general terms, though everybody requires a level of food supplements, the requirements varies based on age group. The Table below summarizes the nutrient requirements
|Groups||Basic Nutrient requirement|
|People over age 50||Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, folate|
Frail elderly may benefit from a low-dose multivitamin supplement
|Women of childbearing age||Folic acid and vitamin D, possibly iron|
|Children under age 5||Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, although children with a good appetite who eat a wide variety of food may not need them|
|Breastfeeding individuals||Vitamin D|
|People with insufficient sun exposure or darker skin||Vitamin D|
|Vegans||Vitamin B12, vitamin D2|
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