We’re always hearing how a certain vitamin or herbal supplement will cure a chronic condition or drastically improve the quality of our lives. However, information about dietary supplements is often confusing or unclear. It’s hard to know which offer genuine health benefits and which are merely giving false promises, or worse, running the risk of actually damaging your health. By learning all you can about vitamins and supplements, you can make better choices about those that are right for you.
What are dietary supplements?
A dietary supplement as a product that:
(A) supplements the food you eat; (B) contains one or more dietary ingredient (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids, and other substances); (C) comes in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form; and (D) is labeled as a dietary supplement.
There are different types of dietary, or nutritional, supplements. Vitamin and mineral supplements are types of dietary supplements containing micronutrients meant to help a healthy body function smoothly. Herbal (or botanical) supplements are dietary supplements that have a medicinal purpose. Herbal supplements generally support a specific area of the body’s health, such as the liver, bones or skin.
Health benefits of vitamin and mineral supplements
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients that serve a specific purpose and benefit the body in a unique way. For example, vitamin A supports vision and bone growth, whereas vitamin E strengthens the immune system and helps repair DNA. Vitamin and mineral deficiency can impair the body’s ability to heal and protect itself.
Taking vitamins does not make up for an unhealthy diet, and vitamins are an insufficient substitute for nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. However, a general multivitamin and mineral supplement can be a good safeguard against periodic vitamin shortfalls in your diet.
Having said these I got my vitamins and minerals supplements from Healthy Options located at Bonifacio High Street. What I like about this store? Aside from my vitamins and minerals availability, you can also shop for your healthy food and snacks, including selected skincare and beauty products, perfect for health conscious and sensitive skin.
One of the vitamins, I always buy here is this Plant Sourced DHA PreNatal with DHA (yes I'm on the stage of preparing myself for my new stage of womanhood, and I'm so excited!) It is a multivitamins with iron, folic acid and choline. I've been using this since last December 2014, and so far I haven't experienced any ad side effects. One of the good thing that I enjoy - it makes my hair grow faster, more shinier and smoother! Yeah, I know right :D
Check on some of my photo captured of the whole store. (These where taken since December 2014).
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Healthy Options Store is located at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig