Do you want to know the positive and negative qualities of dietary supplements? Should you even include such supplements in your diet? From our article you will find answers to these and many other controversial questions. Biologically active food additives (abbreviated as dietary supplements) are compositions of biologically active food substances of natural origin that are isolated from mineral, animal and marine raw materials, medicinal plant extracts and whole parts of food plants or are produced by synthesizing chemicals (concentrates are obtained at the output, comparable to natural analogues). "We are what we eat."
Modern everyday food is not able to provide the required amount of vitamins and microelements, especially if it is food consisting of fast carbohydrates (baked goods, sweets, pizzas and hot dogs, sausages and sausages). Therefore, the use of dietary supplements in everyday life is recommended for everyone: from a child to an elderly person.
Everything that is included in conventional food products is included in most biologically active additives only in concentrated form.
Classification of dietary supplements
Dietary supplements by their composition and purpose are divided into the following groups:
- Nutraceuticals - dietary supplements that are used to change the primary composition of food. It is the responsibility of nutraceuticals to bring the composition of the diet to one that meets human needs. Nutraceuticals are a storehouse of additional portions of vitamins, protein and amino acids, enzymes, minerals, polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber and other useful substances.
- Parapharmaceuticals (bioregulators) are used to restore human health. Their goals are to regulate the activity of various organs and systems, restore the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and auxiliary therapy for various diseases.
- Eubiotics - bacterial additives, consisting of live bacteria and their metabolic products, which have a regenerating effect on the intestinal microflora and the oral cavity.
The form of the dietary supplement can be absolutely any:
- Supplements in dosage form (extracts and powders, capsules, granules and tablets, infusions and tinctures, oils and various fees).
- Nutritional supplements in food form (caramels, candies, teas, syrups, jellies, balms and grits).
Note! Food additives (salt, sugar, preservatives, food colors, emulsifiers) and biologically active additives are completely different products, both in composition and in purpose. Food additives are used to give the product an "attractive" color, smell, taste, and to extend its shelf life. In dietary supplements, the goal is to enrich the human diet with missing vitamins, microelements and essential amino acids.
Indisputable reasons to take dietary supplements
Dietary supplements are not a medicine and they are not able to cure a serious illness, but they can prevent a disease in a healthy person. Supplements do not cure, but heal the body without causing side effects.
The daily use of dietary supplements nourishes the body with vitamins and minerals, strengthening and healing it. In addition, people using dietary supplements:
- cleanse the body of toxins and toxins at the cellular level;
- increase the efficiency of the gastrointestinal tract;
- protect cells from all sorts of aggressors and rejuvenate them;
- learn to regulate body weight and control appetite;
- provide themselves with adequate nutrition;
- minimize the risk of diseases and metabolic disorders;
- keep healthy.
Today, without the use of dietary supplements in combination with proper high-quality nutrition, neither a sick nor a healthy person can boast of excellent well-being and unshakable health.
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