Vitamins/minerals and supplements should be taken for various reasons, but it's important to use them judiciously and under the guidance of a healthcare professional when necessary. Here are the some reasons that explain why I take supplements as a dietitian.
In cases where your diet doesn't provide adequate nutrients, supplements can fill these gaps. For example, if you don't consume enough fruits and vegetables, a multivitamin can help provide essential vitamins and minerals. Also pesticides are used on almost all vegetables and fruits.When this pesticide accumulates in the body, it causes cancer and various autoimmune diseases. İn order to destroy pesticides, it is necessary to keep it in baking soda and the vinegar water and wash it very well, but unfortunately, this process also reduces the vitamin values somewhat. Additionally,almost all cattle and sheep are given antibiotics. The content of both the meat and milk of the animal receiving antibiotica changes and their quality decreases because they are fed with feed. Chickens are kept in tiny cages and given growth hormones to help them grow quickly. Thus, these hormones pass into our body through both their eggs and meat.
Specific Health Goals:
Supplements can be used to support specific health goals, such as improving joint health, boosting immunity, or enhancing athletic performance. Supplements like glucosamine, glutathione, magnesium, vitamin C, or protein powder are commonly used for such purposes.
Certain Life Stages:
During pregnancy, for example, women are often advised to take folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects. Similarly, older adults may require vitamin D and calcium to maintain bone health.
Some medical conditions may benefit from specific supplements. For example,individuals with osteoporosis might take calcium and vitamin D supplements, and those with iron deficiency anemia may take iron supplements. There are some vitamins like inositol can help women with PCOS etc.
Some people take supplements as a preventive measure to maintain overall health and well-being. Antioxidants like vitamin C and E, and glutathione are believed to help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. They are thought as an immune booster.
Vegetarians and vegans may require supplements for nutrients commonly found in animal products, such as vitamin B12. Also it is very difficult and expensive to access the meat and products of organic and grass-fed animals, as for vegetables and fruits, organic ones are expensive and it is really difficult to trust them whether they are really organic or not.It's essential to approach supplements with caution. Taking excessive amounts of certain vitamins and minerals can be harmful, and some supplements may interact with medications or have side effects. A healthcare provider can assess your individual needs and provide guidance on which supplements, if any, are appropriate for you.In our clinic we have good quality vitamins, minerals and supplements specifically chosen by our dietician and doctors. According to your blood test results or health condition we can provide the best supplements just for you.