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Nutritional Supplements and its benefits   by meetmaria   13 year

Vitamins are essential to sustain life and everyone must get them from natural foods or dietary supplements. The nutrition they provide helps people feel better, more energetic, and assist the body with normal functions. Today's food no longer contains the vitamins and nutrients that are required for proper health and fitness. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for our growth, vitality and well being. Vitamins are used as therapies for various ailments and disease whereas minerals help accelerate the billions of chemical reactions occurring in your.

Although we should prefer natural foods for vitamins, minerals and nutrients but some of the time we found that they do not provide enough vitamins and minerals required by our body. In that case, we can look for extra food supplements. Vitamin supplements are great for healthy life. Before using any of the vitamin supplements, one should have complete knowledge of its uses, benefits and daily requirements. I have compiled some of the information for you with the hope that it will surely help you some way.

* Calcium supplements: Calcium supplements are recommended if you're not getting at least 1000 mg of calcium per day through what you eat.

* Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant, good for skin problems like acne, wound healing, and as an accompaniment to essential fatty acid
supplements like flaxseed and omega 3 fish oils.

* Iron Supplements: If you are pregnant, have anemia, or heavy periods, get your iron levels checked by a doctor to see if you need
to take iron. Dosage is 14 mg per day.

* Magnesium Supplements: Magnesium is great for period pain, insomnia and stress. It is usually a cofactor in good calcium supplements as it helps the calcium be absorbed better by your body. Daily dose is 150 mg.

* Zinc supplements: Zinc is great for the immune system, as well as poor appetite and acne. Zinc helps speed up wound healing too. Dosage is 7 to 15 mg.

* Vitamin B supplements: Vitamin B supplements are usually recommended for smokers, those suffering from stress or nervous conditions, and people who drink regularly.

So, you must check out all the information regarding particular vitamin or mineral supplements before using it.

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Nutritional supplementation is still an area of major controversy   by #56153   14 year

Science of nutritional supplementation is heavily influenced by money that comes from those who will benefit from the conclusions produced by the study.
That means that you can not trust 100% to anything produced by the science.

The business of producing and selling nutritional supplements has become billion dollar business. Such money will always attract bad people, people who's main interest may not be your health.

Science of nutritional supplementation is very expensive. In order to find out if a supplement is effective, it can take years of research. Large trials are needed to eliminate other factors and find out exactly what is the effect of that supplement. Not many companies are able to sponsor such large studies. Science of nutritional supplementation is still young.

There are several questions that need to be answered:

- Do we get enough vitamins in the food we eat?
- Can people benefit from taking nutritional supplements?
- What levels of supplements are best?
- Can supplements cause more harm then good?
- How to find out what level of supplementation is the right level for every single person?
- is it possible that people of different blood type may have different needs for supplementation?
- is it possible that people of different ethnic origin may have different needs for supplementation?
- is it possible that people of different age have different needs for supplementation?

Most of the clinics offering alternative cancer therapies place their patients on high levels of nutritional supplements.

The dosages of nutritional supplements used in most of the alternative cancer therapies are much higher than the RDA levels. However, these levels of supplementation rarely produce detectable harmful side effects.

There is continuing controversy over dosage levels of nutritional supplements, and health professionals involved with alternative therapies recommend different levels, according to their approach.

The following are ranges of nutritional supplementation that Ross Pelton, R.Ph., Ph.D (author of the book: Alernatives in Cancer Therapy) feel confident in recommending to adult cancer patients he have worked with:

Vitamin C 1,000 to 2,000 mg with each meal
Vitamin E 400 IU twice daily
Beta-carotene 25,000 to 50,000 IU with each meal
Selenium 100 mcg at each meal
Organic germanium (Ge-132) 100 to 300 mg daily

Other Supplements given to individual patients

Appropriate levels of supplementation for the individual vary according to dietary levels of nutrients, health, body weight, and any disease conditions. For those planning to include high levels of nutritional supplements in their diet, the guidance of the appropriate health professional is highly advised.

Some later studies concluded that supplements may case more harm then good. Controversy continues.

There are health and cancer experts who claim that natural foods should be the only source of essential nutrients. Those people never sell vitamins themselves.

There are also other experts who claim that supplements are absolute must. The problem is, they often sell vitamins and minerals themselves. Who can you trust?

Trust your own body and your own experience! Trust to your stomach feeling. Trust to those who have no hidden interests.

My personal opinion is that you should do your best to get all nutrients from food you eat.
And, when I say food, I also mean: Unrefined Expeller-pressed oils, seaweed, miso, fish, unrefined salt, clean water, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, fresh vegetable juices, seeds, nuts, ...

Some people prefer to get Unrefined Expeller-pressed oils encapsulated.

Thye also prefer to get seaweed, miso, fish, juices, in encapsulated form (like a pill or powder). In that case, you could argue that I am also pro-supplements.

There is no clear cut line what can be considered a supplement.

If you take a glass of wine once or twice a month, is that a supplement, or is that a diet?

If you consume occasionally flaxseed oil with cottage cheese, is that a supplement, or is that a diet?

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