Food Supplements: Good Or Bad

November 3, 2021

In recent years, the trend of consuming nutritional supplements to improve the performance of our health has increased.

It is being a natural alternative to deliver our body energy necessary to work day by day, but will these supplements be very safe?

Nutrition includes the contribution of nutrients to the body in order to maintain proper functioning, prevent nutrient deficiencies and avoid diseases related to malnutrition.

However, situations and diseases occur that make it difficult to meet the energy and nutrient requirements that our body demands with only food intake.

In these cases, the use of oral nutritional supplements is indicated. Proper nutrition through food is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle.

Normally we do not meet the requirements that our body asks of us for its 100% functioning. Supplements are a healthy option to supplement the diet that the body needs and to help obtain additional vitamins and minerals at each meal.

What are food supplements?

Food supplements, according to what is established in the General Health Law, are defined as those herbal products, plant extracts, traditional foods, dehydrated or fruit concentrates, added or not, of vitamins or minerals.

Whose purpose of use is to increase the total dietary intake, complement it or supplement any component, not being able to be composed only of vitamins and minerals.

The accepted pharmaceutical forms are those that are ingested orally as: capsule, emulsion, suspension, syrup, powder, solutions and tablets, among others that are contemplated in the Pharmacopoeia of the United Mexican States.

Therefore, food supplements are not intended to treat, cure, prevent or alleviate symptoms of any disease. They do not serve to lose weight, fight obesity or overweight and are not for aphrodisiac use.

Benefits of dietary supplements

Whole foods offer three main benefits compared to dietary supplements:

  • Increased nutrition: Whole foods are complex and contain a variety of micronutrients that the body needs.
  • Essential fibers: such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, they provide dietary fiber.
  • Protective substances: Many healthy foods contain chemicals that promote health, such as antioxidants.

supplements, or fortified foods, may be appropriate if:

  • You are pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • You are 50 or older
  • You have a poor appetite or trouble getting nutritious food
  • You follow a diet that excludes entire food groups
  • You have a medical condition that affects the way your body digests nutrients.
  • You have had digestive tract surgery that affects the way your body digests nutrients

Contradictions of dietary supplements

Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects on the body.

This could make them unsafe in some situations and affect or complicate their health. For example, the following actions can lead to harmful, even fatal, consequences.

  • Combination of supplements
  • Using supplements with medications (either prescription or over-the-counter)
  • Substitute supplements for prescription drugs
  • Taking too much of some supplements, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, or iron.

Also remember that: They are not a product aimed at treating, curing, preventing or alleviating symptoms of any disease, they are not used to lose weight, combat obesity or overweight, nor are they for aphrodisiac use.

So be sure to tell your healthcare provider, including your pharmacist, about any supplements you are taking.

recommendations

If you suffer from any disease such as diabetes, hypertension or any other, it is necessary that you take a comprehensive treatment, that is, it is important that a doctor evaluates you and provides the appropriate treatment for you.

It is also essential to follow an eating plan recommended by a nutritionist that meets your needs.

It should be taken into account that products aimed at treating or curing a disease or illness are health supplies (medicines, remedies), which must be prescribed by a health professional, and require a health record issued by the Secretary of Health that guarantees its safety, quality and efficacy (art. 22 General Health Law).

Remember that the goal of a comprehensive treatment is to improve your quality of life in the long term. Changes in eating habits and lifestyle are required in order to reduce or eradicate health risks.

 

Dr. Loony Davis5
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