Nutritional supplements are exactly that, they are supplementary nutrition, not a substitution or replacement for nutrition. Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements function as nutrition boosters and are intended to work with dietary intake(s) as a compliment. Nutritional supplements can either be stored within your fat cells or excreted daily. The vitamins and minerals that are stored in your fatty tissue include vitamins A, E, D, and K. All other vitamins are water soluble and cannot be stored within the body. Nutritional supplements combine with the macro and micro nutrients ingested and act in a synergistic fashion working to increase the body’s utilization of nutrients. If the body has enough of a certain vitamin or mineral that particular nutritional supplement is not necessary. Our bodies do not need an excess of vitamins or minerals. Our bodies will excrete any vitamin or mineral that is taken in excess through the urine if that vitamin or mineral is water soluble. There are certain dangers associated with excessive daily supplementation of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals as the body cannot excrete such nutrients through the urine. The body continues to absorb fat soluble vitamins and minerals as they are ingested, which can lead to toxicity.
Nutritional supplements are necessary for those unable to maintain a balanced diet or that have food allergies, food restrictions or practice a specialized diet in which whole food groups are not eaten. Individuals who are vegan, vegetarian, lactose and dairy intolerant as well as celiac and gluten intolerant should investigate the benefits of nutritional supplementation. Such demographics have a higher predisposition to dietary and nutritional deficiencies.
Although Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and could potentially cause toxicity in excessive dosages, most individuals require supplemental sources in order to maintain overall mental and physical health. If you have not considered a daily regime of Vitamin D, speaking with your physician would prove beneficial and would offer the necessary insights into the importance of beginning such supplementation. The minerals calcium and magnesium are also needed by most individuals and should be considered along with Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B complex and a quality multi-vitamin and antioxidant. The fore mentioned supplements are generally considered an effective and low-cost means to ensure one’s health.