Melania Spiteri B.Pharm (Hons), pg dip nutr & diet, M.Ent

Why do we need supplements? Which would be the best choice?

Among the many supplements available on the market multivitamin & mineral preparations are always the most popular. But, do we need a multivitamin? A multivitamin and mineral preparation is always a good choice even for the most active and healthy people who eat a well-balanced healthy diet. Every biochemical process in our body relies on vitamins and minerals and our body needs adequate amounts to function properly.


A multivitamin and mineral will never replace a good diet, but it will certainly help to support the body combat various situations such as:
 
-Decreased mineral content in food due to soil erosion and chemicals used in farming 
-Busy modern lifestyles that often leads us to resort to processed and ready-made food that are often low in nutrients
-Increased levels of stress which increase the need of nutrients in the body.
-Overuse/unnecessary use of antibiotics which leads to lowering of the immune system and gut dysbiosis (imbalance in the gut bacteria).
-Chronic illness, surgery and use of certain medication which can interfere with absorption of nutrients]

If any of the above situations applies to you, you will certainly benefit by adding a multivitamin and mineral to your routine. It is very important to note however, that not all multivitamins are created equally. We all have different requirements based on our age, gender, level of activity and health status. It is very easy to understand that the nutritional requirements of a young active athlete are definitely not the same as those of a sedentary middle-aged person who suffers from chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. For this same reason it is therefore easy to understand that both would require a different multivitamin preparation. It is important to choose the right multivitamin which will cater for your specific nutritional needs and requirements. The type of multivitamin that would be best for you will be different to that required by your spouse, parents, children or even your friends.

Another very important aspect to consider when choosing which supplements to buy is the purity and quality of the supplement. In general, when choosing a product people would tend to look at the list of active ingredients. But have you ever considered to look at the “other ingredients”? These “other ingredients” known as excipients are inactive ingredients added to supplements to help with manufacturing and stabilization. They do not contribute any nutritional value but are used as binders to help hold the ingredients in a tablet together or to help in the manufacturing process- to make the process faster and cheaper. These ingredients such as magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, talc and silicon dioxide to mention a few are certainly not ingredients your body would want on a daily basis!! Supplements are to be taken every day. Always look out for natural products with 100% active ingredients that do not contain any nasty additives.

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“This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor for further tailored advice”                                

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