Dietary Supplements- Myth & Reality

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FOOD SUPPLEMENTS -NOT REQUIRED?

Dietary supplements and vitamins are really not required if we take balanced food of seasonal fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats, eggs, milk etc.

Do we really need all those multivitamins, minerals and food supplements for healthy living? Not really if we have balanced food instead. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, cereals supply adequate vitamins, minerals and nutrients required by our body. Nature is endowed to provide all needs of human beings and even that of the animal kingdom from its abundant food chain. But food supplement is multibillion dollar business all over the world- supported by publicity blitzkrieg singing its unproven virtues-aptly clouding myth from reality.  

Daily dose of dietary and vitamin supplements are normally much beyond that can be absorbed by our system and gets flushed out-in the shade of costly deep yellow. Our bodies have ability to draw required vitamins from food we eat and get even some vitamins like Vitamin D from the Sunshine.

If we take vitamins, minerals and proteins as tablet, our bodies will not produce or extract the nutrients from the food we eat and take easy way to draw the daily need from costly supplements.  

There are also food supplements for specific needs – like body building, weight loss and for joint lubrication to name a few. Normally combination of whey, casein and egg proteins is marketed for muscle building- while all ingredients therein are abundantly available from natural resources which are much better and cost effective too. Protein supplements mixed with daily milk of children is also waste while better proteins can be had from easily available eggs. Similarly there is much fad for organic foods and Ayurvedic combinations from herbs etc. How can dry and powdered bitter gourd can be more effective than farm fresh variety? But that is the way supplement are made.

Supplement of Glucosamine combinations for joint pain by rejuvenation of cartilage has been virtual failure with hardly any reliable scientific supportive study. In old age when the cartilage has worn out, it is almost impossible to rejuvenate it in the knees. Oil from some rare fish varieties found in far off lands is also sold for joint re-lubrication -again without any proven scientific basis.

Bottom-line is that all our dietary needs can be adequately met from naturally available food items like animal meats, fats, eggs, milk, cereals, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Food supplements are more of fad than making much difference to healthy living. Balanced food, some exercise, fresh air, sunshine and positive attitude are more than adequate for healthy living –sans any food supplement.    


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  • alakananda  04-04-2017
    A balanced diet should be enough unless until someone is having a medical condition where some vital nutrients need to be provided to the body immediately.
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  • raghubirs  30-03-2017
    Surely Calcium with Vit D can be taken if recommended by Doctor. But one must overcome compulsion of popping up Calcium & MV tablets as panacea for ageing.
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  • sweta  30-03-2017
    I agree that for a healthy person natural food should be given priority instead of using dietary supplements. But, while talking about people with specific age group and needs such as children, old age people specially women etc. dietary supplement along with natural food ingredients have crucial role in their life. However, one should not depend or overdo in terms of supplements. Taking supplement such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B 12, iron etc. as per the body's need may help prevent nutrient deficiency and their harmful effects in the body.
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  • angelite9  28-02-2017
    Dietary supplements must be taken under supervision as they could prove to be harmful if taken randomly. However, you do not need dietary supplements if you partake of pure natural food like vegetables, grains, cereals, fruits because all these are grown and ripened in the light of the sun and power-packed with pranic energy that is so necessary for you body and soul. Dead foods like meat and fish are devoid of any pranic energy. And must be avoided at all cost if you want to maintain radiant health. The energy of dead foods is dense and lowers your vibrational frequency and exposes you to all kinds of diseases.
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