Check your local chemist and you’ll probably see a range of supplements and multivitamins that promise you many health benefits. These can include better energy levels, relief from joint pains and other regular aches and pains, improved skin appearance, healthier heart, stronger nails and hair, and even raised libido. Before you buy any of these products and begin taking them, it is always advisable to consult your doctor and follow the recommendations.
Most doctors will tell you that instead of taking supplements, a better idea would be to improve your diet and include healthier and more nutritious items in your meals. Multivitamins are prescribed only to people whose test results show that they need the boosters because of having been sick for a while or for any other medical issue.
Common Misconceptions of Supplements
Most people take multivitamins and supplements for all the wrong reasons. And, without really needing them. Do, remember, that if you take water-soluble vitamins unnecessarily, they will simply pass out of your body naturally without doing you any real good. On the other hand, the fat-soluble vitamins that you take could build up in your body and reach harmful levels. Here are some of the most common misconceptions that you need to get rid of.
? Food does not have the adequate nutrition you need: This is not exactly true. Most processed food like cereals, the whole wheat flour most Indians buy at their local grocery store and many more contain fortified additions that raise their nutrition content.
? Vitamins can delay the onset of again.
? Vitamins can reverse the aging process.
? As you age, you need more supplements.
Supplements for the Elderly
Sometimes doctors might prescribe boosters for elderly people above the age of 65 such as those containing calcium, potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and fibre. But, this can be because of certain conditions such as:
? Inability to digest food (Many adults have had the gall bladder removed and this can make digestion difficult. A weakened digestive system because of aging can also be an issue.)
? Reduced appetite
? Elderly living alone who cannot cook healthy meals
? Dental problems that make chewing difficult (These can include missing or ill-fitting teeth)
? Restricted movement that does not allow them to spend time outdoors and get the Vitamin D they need
? Having health problems that contribute to deficiencies (This can often happen as side effects to certain medication.)
Supplements That Adults can Benefit From
While vitamins and minerals might also prove to be toxic if taken in excessive quantities, having them in moderation and under your doctor’s supervision can prove to be beneficial. Here are some examples:
? Women having passed menopause can take Vitamin D.
? Smoking adults show lowered levels of Vitamin C and could use a supplement.
? Pregnant women or women trying to conceive might need folates to help protect their future children from birth defects.