By George Falnesh – researched from http://igealifesciencespress.com.au/
A nutritional supplement is just that—a supplement, and it is not designed in any way to replace a healthy diet. Dietary guidelines have outlined that your nutritional needs have to be met with proper diet. The Mayo Clinic even came out with a feature stating that supplements are not for everyone and emphasising that they cannot reproduce all the nutrients as well as benefits that whole foods deliver. The same sort of conclusion can be found on Bodytrim’s recommendation regarding vitamin supplements.
Bodytrim, an innovative weight loss system introduced by IGEA Life Sciences and developed by fitness, health, and nutrition experts, gave its own take on the use of nutritional supplements. Granted that there are certain people (e.g., vegans, those who consume less than 1,600 calories a day, or those who suffer from a medical condition that affects nutrient absorption in the body) who do need to take these supplements more than other people, the Bodytrim advice is for generally healthy people to stop mega dosing and start focusing on introducing more whole foods to meals.
Natural foods are much better sources for the vitamins and minerals that you need. You can get your essential fibre from whole grains and legumes. You can get your required micronutrients from fruits high in beta carotene and vegetables containing calcium. You can benefit from the naturally occurring protective substances from fruits and vegetables that fight cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases.
Meanwhile, mega dosing on vitamin supplements might not be as effective, and because excess vitamins tend to get flushed out of your system, it would be like you were basically flushing down some of your hard earned money. Nutritional supplements are not exactly cheap.
Instead of popping a pill to supplement your nutrition, the recommendation is to go for a nutritious, fibre-rich supplement shake, as the body absorbs it more than its pill counterpart. Remember, though, that the shake should only serve to complement your dietary needs and not replace it entirely. Incidentally, IGEA’s Bodytrim also developed a snack range, which comes with an all in one daily superfood and fibre diet boost called Nutra Shot. The drink is made with chia seeds, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate, and spirulina.
All in all, nutritional or vitamin supplements are not entirely unnecessary and they may even be required for people who do not eat enough healthy foods and have certain medical conditions. When you really need to take supplements, try not to mega dose by watching what you eat and knowing your required daily intake for vitamins and minerals.