As it is a valid question, of course I want to give a good enough answer. I am no nutritional scientist, but I did have nutrition as one of my subjects when I studied and I have taken a keen interest in nutrition ever since. So some information is from research I have done over the years and some are purely from my own experience, both personally and professionally.
There is a condition that some people have namely MALABSORPTION. This is when normally naturally present enzymes responsible for absorbing nutrients into the body are not present enough. This is due to a number of factors such as lactose intolerance, coeliacs disease and irritable bowel syndrome or it can be hereditary.The duodenum, or also known as the small intestine, contains these enzymes to extract nutrients and minerals from the food we consume, which then absorbs it into the bloodstream to allow normal functioning of our organs and different systems. When these enzymes are not present or there aren’t enough, this will cause malnutrition as well.
The foods that we eat contain macronutrients which isn’t easily absorbed for everyone. Certain vitamins and minerals also doesn’t absorb by itself – such as calcium. Calcium has to be taken with Magnesium as magnesium enables the body to absorb calcium. Then you have Vit D. Vitamin D gets produced in our skin by the sun, but because we live in a country that does not have sunshine all the time, our bodies start to lack Vitamin D – and often times the food we eat does not contribute enough to make up for our Vitamin D requirements. Women especially needs to supplement their diet with more Vitamin D as the hormones our bodies produces, called oestrogen, is one of the causes of osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) in later life.
Vitamin C needs to be taken twice daily as according to research it only lasts for 12 hours until our bodies cells have used it up, thus 1000mg tablets will not add the protection your body needs for the whole day. In order to take up the right amount of Vitamin C through our food, we will need to eat the equivalent of 3-5 oranges a day.
As mentioned in an older post of mine some weeks ago, we are exposed to FREE RADICALS every day. This comes through exposure especially from small doses of radiation that comes from computers, mobile phones, televisions, cars, pollution, food, UV rays (even when it’s overcast) – the list goes on.
Now answering the question – in today’s day and age we are exposed to many unhealthy factors that doesn’t allow healthy eating, excercise and healthy lifestyle choices to do enough. People get cancer easier, we develop different skin problems like eczema and dermatitis, we are constantly sick with sinisitus, nausea, headaches, fatigue, vertigo, insomnia…This is where supplements are helpful. They are not there to substitute a healthy, balanced diet, but is primarily there to fill small (or big nutrition gaps) Most adults and children don’t get enough calcium, vitamin D, or potassium according to research. Potassium-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat are the best ways to fill in potassium gaps. Choose an individual or a multivitamin supplement that contains these calcium and vitamin D as a safeguard.
Supplements are especially required by:
- Pregnant and lactating women
- Vegans and some people on vegetarian diets
- Anyone on a low-calorie diet (intentional and unintentional)
- Certain diseases like cancer
- People who suffer from food allergies or intolerances
- Picky eaters who limit food groups, or have limited variety within food groups
- Anyone with a poor diet
- People taking certain medications
For someone’s body that cannot absorb nutrients from food naturally (which usually goes into the blood stream), supplements goes directly into the blood stream instead of needing to be extracted by the enzymes present in the small intestine (normally responsible for absorption of macro nutrients into the body)
No matter what, healthy eating comes first and supplements are there to fill the gaps and contribute to nutrient intake.
For information on the nutritional supplements I distribute, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading
~ Elize ~