Supplements: Are They Right for You and You for Them

The Benefits of Taking Supplements

Supplements are very useful if you want to live longer, healthier life. There are many benefits of taking supplements. Some of them include:

• Preventing Disease

Vitamin C prevents diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Vitamin E helps prevent cardiovascular diseases like strokes and heart attacks. Magnesium helps with blood pressure control and it helps regulate hormones.

Zinc helps with nerve function and it improves immune system functions. Niacin helps reduce cholesterol levels and reduces risk of developing certain cancers. Selenium protects against free radicals which damage cells, DNA and other harmful substances.

• Improving Immune System Function

Taking supplements will improve your body’s ability to fight off infections and viruses. Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress, which damages cells and organs. Certain nutrients can boost the immune system’s response to infection.

These include zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and folic acid.

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• Maintaining Eye Health

Taking supplements is important for maintaining eye health. They can protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Certain nutrients support the health and function of eyes, reduce the risk of cataracts, and reduce the severity and progression of visual impairments caused by certain eye diseases.

These nutrients include lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids. The nutrients help maintain normal eye structure, function, and vision.

There are many other health benefits of taking supplements. If you want to live a healthy life, ensure that your diet contains all the necessary ingredients for good health.

The Risks of Taking Supplements

While most supplements are safe, there are some risks involved with taking them. Some of these include:

Allergic Reactions

If you have an allergy to a certain ingredient in a supplement, you may have an allergic reaction when you take it.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Americans’ views on the use and regulation of dietary supplements by RJ Blendon, CM DesRoches, JM Benson… – Archives of Internal …, 2001 – jamanetwork.com

Are You Sure You Want to Eat That: US Government and Private Regulation of Domestically Produced and Marketed Dietary Supplements by R Potomac – Loy. Consumer L. Rev., 2010 – HeinOnline

Conventional medicine: far riskier than supplements by BS Burstyn – New Zealand Herald, 2003 – introductiontorife.com