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Dietary Supplements and Herbal Supplements

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Dietary supplements are a common way to add vitamins, minerals and herbs to your diet. They may help improve health and boost your energy level.

 

Despite the popularity of dietary supplements, they aren't always safe or effective for everyone. That's why it's important to discuss them with your doctor.

Herbs

 

Herbs and botanicals (botanicals that are not vegetables) have a long history of medicinal use and a growing number of people are looking for herbal supplements to support their health. Herbs are a rich source of antioxidants and have been shown to be effective in a range of conditions.

 

Many herbs also contain polyphenols, which are a group of plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds can help protect against chronic inflammation, which is a major factor in most modern diseases and health problems.

 

Using fresh herbs in your cooking is a great way to reap their health-promoting benefits. Herbs are a powerful addition to soups, stews, beans, meat and poultry dishes, stuffings, salads and sauces.

Enzymes

 

Enzymes are proteins that your body makes to help break down food so that nutrients can be absorbed. They can also be helpful for people who suffer from food intolerances such as lactose or gluten intolerance.

 

If your pancreas isn't producing enough enzymes, it can affect how your body digests and absorbs the food you eat. This condition is called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).

 

Supplements that contain digestive enzymes can help you digest foods and make up for the lack of enzyme production. They can also ease gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating and gas, and prevent nutrient malabsorption.

 

Some of the most common types of enzyme supplements include protease, lipase and amylase. They can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription and are often used to treat EPI or other health conditions.

Vitamins

 

Vitamins are vital nutrients that help your body maintain a healthy balance. Eating a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthful fats is the best way to ensure you get all the vitamins you need.

 

If you don't eat a healthy diet or have certain dietary conditions, supplements can play an important role in your overall health and well-being. Supplements can also be used as a preventative measure to protect against certain illnesses or conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.

 

Vitamins can be divided into two groups: fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins. The fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin A, D, and K, are stored in your body's cells and tissues. Your body taps into these reserves as needed, then releases them gradually into the bloodstream.

Minerals

 

Minerals are essential nutrients for a healthy body and can be found in many foods, such as dark, leafy greens, grains and sea vegetables. They play a critical role in maintaining a healthy balance of water in the body and helping maintain normal levels of sodium, potassium and calcium.

 

These minerals also help keep your bones and teeth strong, regulate blood pressure, promote healthy heartbeats, improve mood and provide a good night's sleep. In addition, they protect your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.

 

There are two types of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. The latter are needed in small amounts and include iron, manganese, copper, zinc, iodine, selenium and cobalt.

 

The nutrient requirements of beef cattle can be met by feeding a mixture of minerals and grain, which should contain a calcium to phosphorus ratio of 2:1 to 4:1. Vitamin A can be added to the mineral mix in a stabilized form to prevent oxidation.

 

 

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