of dietary supplements
There are many types of dietary supplements.
Main article: Vitamin
Vitamin is an organic
compound required by an organism
as a vital nutrient
in limited amounts.
An organic chemical compound (or related set of compounds) is called
a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized
in sufficient quantities by an organism, and must be obtained from
the diet. Thus, the term is conditional both on the circumstances and
on the particular organism. For example, ascorbic
acid (vitamin C) is a vitamin for humans, but not for most other
animals. Supplementation is important for the treatment of certain
health problems but there is little evidence of benefit when used by
those who are otherwise healthy.
Main article: Dietary
Dietary elements, commonly called "dietary minerals" or
"minerals", are the chemical
elements required by living organisms,
other than the four elements carbon,
oxygen present in
molecules. The term "dietary mineral" is archaic,
as the substances it refers are chemical
elements rather than actual minerals.
Main article: Herbalism
Herbal medicine is the use of plants for medicinal purposes.
Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of
human history, and such traditional
medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine
recognizes herbalism as a form of alternative
medicine, as the practice of herbalism is not strictly based on
using the scientific
method. Modern medicine, does, however, make use of many
plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-tested
drugs, and phytotherapy
works to apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and
medicines that are derived from natural sources. The scope of herbal
medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal
and bee products, as
well as minerals,
certain animal parts.
acids and proteins
Main articles: Amino
acid and Protein
Amino acids are biologically
compounds composed of amine
(-NH2) and carboxylic
acid (-COOH) functional
groups, along with a side-chain
specific to each amino acid.
The key elements of an amino acid are carbon,
though other elements are found in the side-chains of certain amino
Amino acids can be divided into three categories: essential amino
acids, non-essential amino acids, and conditional amino acids.
Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, and must be
supplied by food. Non-essential amino acids are made by the body from
essential amino acids or in the normal breakdown of proteins.
Conditional amino acids are usually not essential, except in times of
illness, stress, or for someone challenged with a lifelong medical
Main article: Essential
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are
that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires
them for good health but cannot synthesize
The term "essential fatty acid" refers to fatty acids
required for biological processes but does not include the fats that
only act as fuel.
Main article: Bodybuilding
Bodybuilding supplements are dietary supplements commonly used by
those involved in bodybuilding
Bodybuilding supplements may be used to replace meals, enhance weight
gain, promote weight
loss or improve athletic performance. Among the most widely used
are vitamin supplements, protein,
amino acids (BCAA), glutamine,
fatty acids, meal replacement products, creatine,
weight loss products and testosterone
boosters. Supplements are sold either as single ingredient
preparations or in the form of "stacks" - proprietary
blends of various supplements marketed as offering synergistic
advantages. While many bodybuilding supplements are also consumed by
the general public their salience and frequency of use may differ
when used specifically by bodybuilders.
should at minimum take (3) supplements as they get older
Why can't you get enough D
from food or sunlight, which naturally produces the nutrient in the
body? Few foods – mainly D-fortified milk and fatty fish like
salmon and tuna – contain the vitamin, and most Americans don't
consume these often enough to generate high levels. We also spend the
majority of our time inside and often use sunscreen when out,
limiting natural production. Also, most of us live too far north to
get enough sun during the winter to generate adequate amounts of D.
The result is that more than half of the U.S. is D-deficient,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How to take it:
Vitamin D comes in two forms: D2, which is plant-based, and D3, or
what the body makes from food and sun. James Dowd, CEO of the
Institute of Michigan and author of 'The
Vitamin D Cure', recommends D3, three times more potent than D2.
a shrimp-like crustacean, has become a trendy oil source, as larger
fish like cod and herring can be contaminated with mercury. But
there's growing concern that krill is being over fished, endangering
whales that rely on it for food. Doctors also argue that the process
used to extract oil from larger fish is so sophisticated that
contaminants don't end up in supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids, one of the most popular supplements
today, are essential to building cell membranes. Because the body
doesn't naturally produce omega-3s, we have to get them through diet,
but few foods contain significant amounts. Fatty fish is high in
omega-3s – a half fillet of wild salmon contains up to 4,000
milligrams – but if you don't eat at least two servings weekly
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only a
quarter of Americans eat the recommended number of vegetables every
day and that only a third consume enough fruit. "The reason
they're called vitamins is that they're vital to life, yet 92 percent
of Americans are deficient in one or more essential vitamins and
minerals because they don't eat enough fruits, vegetables, and other
whole foods," says Mark Hyman, chairman of the Institute
for Functional Medicine. While there's little research showing
that multivitamins can treat specific diseases, Weil says the
supplements can be important as a type of nutritional mortar, filling
in the chinks
to take them:
Scan labels to check if a multi contains 100 percent of the RDA of
the 21 essential nutrients: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and B (including
thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, pantothenic acid, biotin,
folate, and choline) and minerals calcium, chromium, copper,
fluoride, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum,
phosphorous, selenium, zinc, potassium, sodium, and chloride. A
quicker screening method, says Dowd, is to look to see if a multi has
100 percent of the RDA for vitamin K. Most don't, so if you find one
that does, it's usually a good bet.
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