What are nutritional supplements?
Nutritional supplements are vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and other products. They come in a variety of forms, such as tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E, minerals like calcium and iron, herbs such as echinacea and garlic, and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.
Why might I need nutritional supplements?
If you don’t eat a nutritious variety of foods, some supplements might help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients. However, supplements can’t take the place of the variety of foods that are important to a healthy diet. Even with a nutritious, healthy diet, however, some key nutrients may not be absorbed by the body, which makes nutritional supplements beneficial for overall health and for managing some health conditions.
What are the benefits of nutritional supplements?
Nutritional supplements can provide you with extra nutrients when your diet is lacking or certain health conditions trigger a deficiency (such as cancer, diabetes, or chronic diarrhea). Scientific studies have shown that that consistent and adequate use of nutritional supplements contributes to overall health and wellness throughout all age groups, lifestyles and life stages.
Are there any risks in taking supplements?
Yes. Some supplements may contain active ingredients that can have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations and may complicate your health. Further, combining supplements, using supplements with medicines, and overdosing are all hazards of nutritional supplements. Some supplements may also have you experiencing unwanted effects before, during, and after surgery. So, be sure to inform Dr. Jehangir about any supplements you are taking to ensure your safety.
How do I know which nutritional supplements to take?
If you’re currently taking any nutritional supplements, let Dr. Jehangir know which ones you’re currently on, so you can discuss with her what’s working and what’s not. Dr. Jehangir can help you determine which supplements, if any, might be valuable for you.
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