THE BEST NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
"Those who eat a balanced diet, get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that they need," it says repeatedly in the media. But food is one thing these days - fast. Fast, easy and uncomplicated, as well as filling and effortless is in the foreground. Because food today has to fit into an accelerated everyday life. Many no longer have the time to cook fresh and healthy daily or have the opportunity to eat a full meal during their lunch break. The food has become a point on a lengthening to-do list. There is often a lack of time to cook, and countless dietary trends, diets, and guidelines make it difficult to keep track of what's important to our health. So the question arises, who of us succeeds these days to integrate a "balanced diet" in his everyday life.
WHY DO WE NEED EVER FOOD SUPPLEMENT?
Even with a healthy and balanced diet, there can be a greater need for nutrients in everyday life through certain life situations, stress, food intolerances and allergies, special dietary habits and diets, high alcohol consumption and smoking. For example, those who eat vegan foods have to make sure that they eat all the essential nutrients in sufficient quantities from the food they consume. In particular, the need for iron and vitamin B12 is more difficult to cover with purely vegetable food. Dietary supplements offer the opportunity to complement one's own diet sensibly. Some populations do not consume some nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, and iodine in the amounts recommended by the German Nutrition Society (DGE). Even in such cases, a dietary supplement makes sense.
NATURAL NUTRITIONAL GAPS
Often it is difficult to estimate how many minerals, vitamins or fatty acids are present in your own diet. Highly processed foods or preprocessed so-called convenience products sometimes have significant losses in the content of nutrients. How much more is exactly contained in the food, can be difficult to estimate from the outside. Even with fresh fruits and vegetables, the nutrient contents are often greatly reduced by long transport routes, storage times or simply because they are still harvested immature. Even the beloved salmon omega-3 source no longer offers the same omega-3 levels as before. The salmon we eat in Germany comes almost exclusively from aquaculture from Norway. The feed in the fish farms consists to a large extent of vegetable components such as soy. The more plant feed the farmed salmon gets, the lower its content of omega-3 fatty acids.
REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTARY SUPPLEMENT
The type and amount of vitamins, minerals and trace elements play an important role in this context and must be designed according to needs. Each person has a different need for nutrients depending on their life situation, age, diet and state of health. Thus, different dietary supplements may be useful. Children in growth or seniors have different nutritional needs than pregnant women or menopausal women. The advantage of dietary supplements is that they are precisely dosed and can be taken simply and easily as needed.
ARE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS SAFE?
Purely legally, dietary supplements are not medications, but foods. This difference is important because the substances are not subject to authorization. There is thus virtually no regulatory control of the ingredients and their effect. Vitamin pills are therefore by no means tested like medicines The permissible vitamin and mineral compounds that may be used in food supplements are uniformly regulated throughout Europe. The safety of nutritional supplements is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer. This also applies to dietary supplements imported from abroad. If they do not comply with the provisions in force in Germany, they may not be introduced. Also for food supplements that are offered on the Internet, the statutory provisions apply. In many cases, however, products are sold as dietary supplements that do not comply with the law. In the best case, they are only ineffective despite unrealistic promise of success. In the worst case, they contain dangerous, unauthorized ingredients. Therefore, one should be particularly careful when buying on the Internet and best only by German manufacturers who are located in Germany and are controlled by the local food control authorities, buy.
QUALITY IS IMPORTANT!
Above all, it is important to rely on high-quality and needs-based dietary supplements, which are developed and produced according to scientific findings. The production environment should be of pharmaceutical quality standard. Because the quality of products for supplementation and the dosage of minerals or vitamins as well as the quality of raw material sources vary considerably. The use of inferior raw materials and raw material sources can also have a negative impact on bioavailability, so that nutrients may not be absorbed by the intestine sufficiently. Defective products, especially from abroad, may contain unwanted accompanying substances, impurities and unauthorized ingredients. Also, the durability is often not guaranteed.
WHICH FOOD SUPPLEMENT IS SENSITIVE?
When choosing the appropriate nutritional supplement your personal living conditions are therefore crucial.
- Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and magnesium are essential for healthy heart function and blood lipid levels However, today's diets contain a lot of saturated fat and trans fat that are excessively damaging to our vascular system. One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids is krill oil, which contains above-average amounts of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, which can also be ideally absorbed by the body thanks to the phospholipids. In addition, the antioxidant Astaxanthin is one of the strongest known antioxidants and protects the entire body against free radicals.
- For the health of the bones and the preservation of the bone substance vitamin D is of great importance, as well as a sufficient intake of calcium in combination with vitamins K1 and K2. In winter, there may be a lack of vitamin D in the European area, as this vitamin is formed almost exclusively through the skin under sunlight. In food, on the other hand, it hardly exists.
- Supplementation of folic acid (400 μg per day) and iodine (100-150 μg per day) is recommended for women who want to have children or are pregnant, as it is hardly or not possible to obtain adequate intake via the normal diet. Often a supplementation with iron is necessary, which should be determined individually by the attending physician. The omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which plays a crucial role in the development of the fetus' brain, nerves and eyes in the second half of pregnancy, should be taken at a level of 200 milligrams per day.
- In stressful life situations, B vitamins, vitamin C, iron and niacin can reduce fatigue and fatigue by supporting the nervous system function.
- You can counteract the natural aging process of the skin with collagen and elastin. These are a natural component of the connective tissue and can therefore help the skin retain its strength and elasticity for a long time. In addition, biotin, vitamin E and niacin help to maintain healthy skin.
In many life situations, we do not manage to integrate a "balanced diet" into our everyday lives. High-quality nutritional supplements offer us the opportunity to support one's own body depending on the circumstances of life and can help us cope with our own everyday life and increase well-being.
Basically, we should therefore pay attention to the health of our body by adequate nutrition in the correct dosage to stay healthy and fit for as long as possible and to enjoy our lives so fully!