No dietary supplement can provide that, but with the vigorous use of vitamins and minerals, we can often achieve optimal health for our age group and certainly alleviate the symptoms of illnesses we may suffer from. Dietary supplements can be divided into two main types; nutritional (vitamins and minerals and amino acids) and botanical (herbs). But is it really necessary for someone who is young and healthy to take nutritional supplements? You may find that your diet is healthy enough, but vegetables and dairy products can only be as good as the soil they are grown in, and many farmers would agree that their soil is worn out.
Why else do they have to add chemical fertilizers at increasing rates? If the soil were cultivated organically, instead of always for profit, it would be in much better health, and so would we. Another concern is the freshness (or otherwise) of the products we buy. Most vegetables are at least a week old by the time they arrive at our house. Although many are kept cool, this length of time greatly diminishes the nutritional value. Fruit is often picked before it is ripe and kept in cold storage for weeks or months, and when needed it is gas-pressed to ripen it quickly. This gas should be safe in small quantities, but it is carcinogenic….
Some exponents of nutritional supplements state that magnesium deficiency is a major cause of high blood pressure. People who found that the usual blood pressure medications caused more discomfort than they cured tried magnesium supplements and in some cases were able to completely stop taking their prescription medications within two months. Of course, you should never do this without consulting your healthcare provider.
Some people argue that dietary supplements do nothing more than give us expensive urine. That may be true if you eat super healthy and are less likely to lack vitamins, but health care providers are increasingly recommending extra supplements for people who are under stress, such as illness, pregnancy or periods of sudden growth spurts. If your tongue is inflamed and you suffer from loss of appetite, shortness of breath, irritable, forgetful and mentally sluggish, you may be deficient in folic acid. Folic acid belongs to the B group of vitamins and most animal and vegetable foods are poor source of it. The exception is liver, which most people don’t eat much anymore these days. Some habits and illnesses, such as celiac disease, alcoholism, and irritable bowel syndrome, also play an important role in causing a deficiency of this vitamin, so if you are suffering from any of these problems, ask your doctor if you need a supplement.