What are food supplements? Are they safe to take?
Food supplements have become a trending topic of late because of a growing number in the population who have become concerned about their health.
What are they really, and are they effective?
The following are the Frequently Asked Questions on food supplements according to WebMd.
What are food supplements?
Food supplements are in capsule, tablet, pill, or even liquid form that are ingested orally. They usually contain the usual elements the body needs like vitamins and minerals. Sometimes, manufacturers would add something else like herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids, or other dietary ingredients.
Can supplements be taken without a doctor’s prescription?
Supplements can be bought over the counter. However, you must always consult with a doctor before taking them because you might have an underlying health condition that could be worsened by one of the ingredients (caffeine-based supplements for instance should not be taken by people with hypertension).
Some supplements might also have side effects of have ingredients that counter-act your existing medication. This could either nullify the efficiency of your supplement or the other way around, or could cause serious side effects.
Either way, it always helps to consult your doctor before buying any, especially if you have an existing condition (pregnant, hypertensive, with heart problems, etc.).
Can food supplements be taken in lieu of health diet?
As the name suggests, food supplements act as support. Nothing substitutes healthy diet and exercise for a healthy lifestyle.
However, supplements help boost effects of healthy lifestyle. In the case of vitamins and minerals, it could also help provide nutrients that your body lacks.
The key is in knowing the right kind of supplements to take.
There are a lot of supplements in the market today. It pays to know that there are imported, pricey ones and locally-made, more affordable ones like the ones made by Clinica Alternativo Medicina that produces supplements like DTX500, the first desugared sugar supplement that promises a host of benefits for the user.
The Clinica also produces Mighty Cee, the ascorbic acid or Vitamin C supplement that is currently enjoying brisk sales according to the Clinica.
Locally-made supplements have the benefit of being lower-priced and relatively fresher stocks.