What are dietary supplements and vitamins?

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Vitamins & Supplements

Vitamins are organic substances thanks to which our body functions properly and all chemical reactions proceed without interference. Most vitamins (exceptions are vitamins D, K and B3) are not synthesized by the body itself. We get them through food. At the same time, the dose of vitamins necessary for the normal functioning of the body is quite small – about 100 mg per day.

Dietary supplements are usually used to promote health, but not to treat diseases. There is also no evidence that dietary supplements are effective in cosmetology, help with hair growth and protect against brittle nails.

Are dietary supplements and vitamins necessary for the human body?

It is believed that a balanced diet is sufficient. But the authors of the book “Transcend. 9 steps on the way to personal life ”question this thesis.

The book was written by inventor and futurist scientist Ray Kurzweil, along with Terry Grossman, MD, founder of the Longevity Clinic. They present the results of a study that proves that dietary supplements should be taken. The authors of the book believe that due to modern farming methods, there are fewer vitamins and minerals in the products.

The authors of the book identify 3 dietary supplements, the use of which will not be superfluous for almost all people over 30 years old.

3 versatile additives

  • Vitamin and mineral complex

(Vitamin A and beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E + 14 essential minerals – calcium, chromium, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc)

  • Fish fat
  • Vitamin D

What vitamins should be taken by children?

Today, most doctors conclude that there is no need to prescribe an additional multivitamin to a child. The main thing is to create a diet that will include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, meat, fish and seafood.

Author of the book “Fediatry. A non-anxious approach to the child, pediatrician Fedor Katasonov believes that children should only take vitamin D, and all other microelements are in our food. Vitamin D ensures normal growth and skeleton formation, is responsible for dental health and the functioning of the immune and endocrine systems, which is why it is added to modern milk formulas.

Vitamins and supplements should be given to children who follow a vegetarian, vegan, or other diet, or to those whose medical conditions may cause nutritional deficiencies. But in these cases, you need to select drugs only with your doctor, and not according to recommendations on the Internet.

 

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