Vitamin Supplements help bridge the nutritional gaps found in most people's diets.
A vitamin is a nutrient that is an organic compound required in tiny amounts for essential metabolic reactions in a living organism. Vitamins are bio-molecules that act as catalysts and substrates in metabolism.
The term vitamin does not include other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, or essential amino acids, nor does it encompass the large number of other nutrients that promote health but that are essential for life.
Supplements can be a valuable tool for those with dietary imbalances or different nutritional needs. People with dietary imbalances may include those on restrictive diets and those who can't or won't eat a nutritious diet.
According to an article published in 2002 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard researchers David H. Fletcher, M.D., MSC and Kathleen M. Fairfield, M.D., DrPH reported the following: "Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."
While multivitamins can be a valuable tool to correct dietary imbalances, it is worth exercising basic caution before taking them, especially if any medical conditions exist including pregnancy.
Large doses of vitamins may be dangerous due to the toxicity of certain components, principally iron. In particular, other components at extraordinary levels in high potency forms include (but are not limited to) vitamin A, D, B6, time release niacin, and potassium.
For normal adults taking a multivitamin for general health purposes, conventional medicine and government authorities recommend that a multivitamin should contain 100% DRI (Daily Recommended Intake) or less for each ingredient.
One major question causing confusion with vitamin supplements is in knowing how much and of what kind of vitamins and minerals are needed to meet my nutritional needs.
Just self dosing or super dosing is not the answer and can cause future health problems.
In every living organism, there exists a specific and logical interplay between each of the myriad of vital elements that make up the organism's biochemical nature. This delicate interplay must be carefully considered whenever nutritional supplementation becomes part of a daily lifestyle.
Most supplements available today are formulated without taking into account the significant synergistic effect that can be achieved with specific combinations of nutrients or considering the impact that too much of any nutrient can have on metabolic pathways. For instance:
You can get TOO MUCH antioxidant protection through vitamin supplements if not careful.
Controlled free radical generation is a necessary part of our metabolism. Damping down this system by excessive, unbalanced antioxidant intake can cause as many problems as not getting enough.
Taking everything into account, while using a common sense approach, vitamin supplements are an excellent approach to good health, wellness, and longevity for you and your family.
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