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They are also easy to consume and ensures that you obtain the recommended amounts of nutrients on a daily basis as it is high in availability.
For example, Vitamin D, an important nutrient that aids in tissue repair, prevents disease and improves bone health. But is usually found to be deficient in most of us because of its availability only in animal products and reduction in exposure to sunlight. A supplement in such cases becomes an ideal alternative.
A healthy and balanced diet sure fuels your body with the required nutrients which enables you to perform daily activities. At the same time, what has been absorbed by the body is always a doubtful factor! On the other hand, dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids enrich the internal environment, fortify cellular protection, aid in repair and regeneration and support the renewal process when your body fails to get nutrients from natural food sources.
Food is not as whole as it once was because of the processing and refining it undergoes before reaching our kitchens. Secondly, even if we include the nutrient rich food sources in our diet the quantity that needs to be taken is a lot and absorption is low and also hindered by other substances.
Combining supplements will not normally interfere with the way they work and in some cases may be beneficial, for example vitamin C helps iron absorption. However, certain supplements may interact with each other. There is competition within the gut for the absorption of different minerals and a large dose of one might decrease the absorption of another. Therefore a multivitamin and/or mineral product is best for all-round supplementation because it has been designed to deliver nutrients in the right balance.
In general, taking vitamin and mineral supplements is not necessary for healthy adults with adequate intakes of these nutrients. While it’s preferred to get these essential nutrients through your diet, some may struggle to do so.