Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Essential Facts about Natural Food Supplements

Health food stores, drug stores, and supermarkets carry a wide variety of different natural food supplements. Health benefit claims made by manufacturers should be based on extensive research, development, and use in traditional healing. It is important to note, that some manufacturers make false promises of the properties of natural food supplements. This is unfortunate, because the only intentions of these businesses have is to abuse customers searching for relief to various health conditions.

Many conservative organizations then point to these few unsubstantiated products, and label the whole industry as unreliable. It doesnt count if the supplement has been used for centuries and certain health benefits are undeniable. Later on, the same products have been discovered by researchers deemed acceptable by these organizations, and at that point the products are widely medically endorsed. It is important to be an informed consumer.

Natural food supplements can be used to aid in digestive problems, add certain nutrients to diet, and to aid metabolic processes. They may have an active ingredient to aid in health problems. In this list are some natural food supplements, which have been recommended for use in dealing with various disorders.

-Acidophilus is one if the friendly bacteria which assists in protein digestion. In this process, enzymes, B vitamins, antibiotic and some other substances are processed. Acidophilus also has antifungal properties. It aids in digestion, enhances the absorption of nutrients, and helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. 85% of the bacteria in a healthy colon should be lactobacilli, and 15% coliform. Unfortunately the typical colon bacteria count today is reverse. This can lead to bloating, gas, constipation, malabsorption of nutrients, and intestinal and systemic toxicity. Acidophilus also helps to combat Candida overgrowth. Supplements should be kept in refrigerate.

– Aloe vera is known for its many healing properties. There are over 200 species of Aloe. It grows in dry regions around the world. It is used in many cosmetic and hair products. As a natural food supplement, aloe vera has been used to aid in healing of stomach disorders, ulcers, constipation, hemorrhoids, rectal itching, colitis, and all colon problems. It can also be helpful against infections.

-Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is a by product of wood processing for papermaking. It is an oily liquid, looks like mineral oil, and has a garlicky odor. DMSO has remarkable healing properties applied to sprained ankles, pulled muscles, and dislocated joints virtually eliminating the pain. It also enhances immune system activity. DMSO is absorbed through the skin. It enters the bloodstream and is distributed through the circulatory system and finally excreted through the urine. It has been used in the treatment of brain and spinal cord damage, arthritis, Down syndrome, sciatica, sports injuries, musculoskeletal problems, headaches, herpes, and more.

-Essential fatty acids are necessary for health and can not be made by the body. Every living cell needs essential fatty acids. They are responsible for rebuilding and producing new cells. In order to supplement essential fatty acids they must be consumed in pure liquid or supplement form, and can not be heated. Heat destroys essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids have many beneficial effects; improve skin and hair, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce the risk of blood clot formation, in treatment of Candidiasis, eczema, cardio vascular disease, and psoriasis.

-Fiber is found in many foods, but not necessarily consumed enough. When using fiber supplements it is beneficial to rotate among several different sources. There are 7 basic classifications of fiber; bran, cellulose, gum, hemicellulose, lignin, mucilages, and pectin. Each form has its own function. Supplemental fiber should always be taken separately from other supplements and medications. Fiber will keep the colon healthy by sweeping out the fecal matter. It helps to lower cholesterol levels, stabilize blood sugar levels, and prevent hemorrhoids, constipation, colon cancer, and many other disorders.

Here are just a few natural food supplements to aid in staying healthy. In addition there are many food supplements designed for specific circumstances in every shape and form. Natural food supplements potency is affected by the time they sit on the shelf and the temperature which they are kept. Be sure to ask questions and find information about the particular supplements before using.

More information about nutrition, healthy diets, and healthy weight loss at HealthDietPlan.com Copyright, Tarja Anchor; Kajava Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Why You Should Take Nutritional Supplements

Few things have been as controversial as nutritional supplements have been recently. Depending on who you listen to, they are either the answer to any problem you have or they are the devil incarnate. The truth about nutritional supplements, though, is really somewhere in between.

Nutritional supplements are more widely used now than in other time in history. This is because many people have turned to nutritional supplements in order to fill the gaps in what they know to be unhealthy diets that don't meet the minimum daily requirements for many, many necessary vitamins and minerals. Others have turned to nutritional supplements in order to enhance everything from their workout regimes to their memory and mental functions.
Considering the controversy over whether it's safe to take nutritional supplements or not, you probably wonder just what you can really expect from taking nutritional supplements. Do they have any real benefit?

The fact is that taking nutritional supplements in their recommended dosages is extremely helpful for everyone from infants to elderly people. The methods used to grow and process our foods have changed drastically in the last 100 years. In many cases, this means that the food itself is deficient in many essential, basic vitamins and minerals.

Add that to the fact that people are so time-starved today that many of us practically live on meals out of paper bags makes taking nutritional supplements almost mandatory. Taking vitamins and other nutritional supplements is a good way to be certain you get all the proper vitamins and minerals you need daily.

However, nutritional supplements should never be used as a substitute for a good diet. Eating at least three (and many experts recommend five) well-balanced meals and two well-balanced snacks per day is still the best way to be sure you're getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay fit and healthy. Adding nutritional supplements to good eating habits simply goes the extra mile to see that you're getting all the nutrients that your body needs each day.
There are many high-quality multi-vitamins available at your local drugstores, as well as through many online sources. The key thing to remember when you decide to take (and you should!) nutritional supplements of any kind is to take them only as directed. Those directions are put on the bottles and packages for a reason—to ensure the vitamins and other herbal supplements are taken correctly.

This is vital for any nutritional supplement you take to be both as safe and effective as it should be. Too high doses of anything can cause side effects you aren't expecting and don't want. When you take more of any vitamin or nutritional supplement than the manufacturer recommends you take daily, then you run the risk of taking more than your body can effectively and safely process in a twenty-four hour period of time. Any risk of taking too much or of unwanted side effects is slight, though, for nutritional supplements when they're taken as directed. Even slightly higher dosages, in most cases, will have few side effects because your kidneys will flush them from your system, which keeps your body from absorbing too much of any one vitamin or mineral. Still, to be totally safe, take nutritional supplements exactly as instructed.

If you're still uncertain as to whether you should take a nutritional supplement each day, ask for your doctor's advice. This is particularly true if you're on any prescribed medications. It is possible for some supplements to decrease the efficiency of some prescribed medicines and to interact with them, causing unwanted side effects. However, despite many news headlines you may have read, this is rare, especially when nutritional supplements are taken as directed.
Taken properly, nutritional supplements are an excellent way to ensure your body has all it needs to be healthy. Just be sure to use them to supplement, not substitute for, a good healthy diet.