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Vitamin Supplements Cannot Replace a Healthy Diet

Contrasts between the natural diets and their supplements, apart from their definitions, the nutritional values also vary by a large degree and hence the term supplements. Ideally, diets are meant for natural healthy dieting and lifestyles such as exercise and medical checkups. The article by HSIS, the Health and Food Supplements Information Service disseminates information on health and their benefits compared to the idyllic sources of nutrients; the organization gathers information from independent nutritionists providing clear evidence-based issues arising from the supplements use. PAGB, as one of their sponsors, is a consumer healthcare organization representing manufacturers of OTC medicine brands concerned with food supplements and self-care medical services in the U.K.

The article explains the contrasting benefits and downsides, making it clear that the supplements are not meant to substitute the balanced wholly, and varied food diet supplements; consequently, their products' labels and packaging are required to state the above.

In the U.K., a considerable population doesn't meet dietary recommendations, despite being one of the leading economies in the globe; however, it's the medical fraternity wish and hopes that the populations all over the globe are well feed in terms of quantity and quality to ward off the diseases and other complications in the health sector. To that effect, they advise against the consumption of an unhealthy quantity of processed sugary and fatty foods. Supplements should be limited to shortfalls in people's diets; moreover, the recommended dietary should promote a healthy lifestyle.

According to their medical experts, micronutrients such as minerals, vitamins, and trace elements can be substituted, unlike macronutrients such as fat, fiber (non-starch polysaccharides), proteins, and carbohydrates. In the end, they recommend that their clients and viewers seek further information for a healthier lifestyle.

Why Vitamins are no Supplement for a Healthy, Balanced Diet. (2017, November 29). Black Swan Health.

Concerning the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, Black swan Health LTD recommends a healthy diet including the five primary food groups. On the other hand, they advise against the excessive consumption of 'discretionary foods, such as lollies, chips, and soft drinks.

Unfortunately, most Australians don't adhere to the regulations; 35% of their populations are afflicted by the low nutritional value of energy intake; only 7% and less adhere to the regulations. Despite the supplements idealization as a nutritional boost for inadequacy in mineral and vitamin intake, many consider it as an alternative, irrelevant to the natural benefits of recommended foods in the provision of dietary fiber, some vitamins, and antioxidants, in addition to other primary nutritional value. Moreover, the absorption of nutrition in the supplements is limited, especially if consumed in isolation. For instance, fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require that they be consumed with food for optimum absorption. It might also offer a false sense of welfare, consequently, an unhealthy lifestyle.

Despite the health benefits of the supplements in certain issues, they are not the best option for nutritional value. Their Accredited Practicing Dietitians prescribe improved intake of vitamin-rich food. They also offer further reading and a phone line for inquiries on nutritional issues.

Harvard Health Publishing. (2015, May 16). Should you get your nutrients from food or from supplements? - Harvard Health. Harvard Health; Harvard Health.

Harvard Health Publishing's views on supplements are some of the most trusted views, by their recommendation, and they conclude that supplement plugs are acceptable. Still, it would in the best interests of the population and patients to maintain a healthier diet from the recommended foods. The Harvard Health Letter offers that for good health, fresh food is required to provide enough nutritional values such as calcium, Vitamin A and c, and magnesium, and further that the older generation is not getting the adequate nutritional value from their diets.

Typically, the American diet is burdened with nutrition from processed foods, added sugars, and refined grains, all linked to chronic and inflammatory diseases. It is important to note that even on a balanced diet; it's possible to fall short of nutritional values; a consequence of aging and consequently the increased inability to absorb the consumed nutrients, but on a lighter note, we also have a reduced energy use, as explained by epidemiologist Dr. Howard Sesso. Whether supplements can act as a countermeasure to the issue, he says it's a rather touchy topic.

Supplements would seem the best alternatives, but if taken in excess, they can actually be harmful due to intoxicating levels. Excess vitamin A, for instance, is dangerous and toxic, as Dr. Clifford Lo notes. In one of the most comprehensive research on multivitamin use, Dr. Sesso notes that a medicated and regulated use can reduce cancer and Cataracts in the male population but has little effects on reductions of death regarding heart diseases. Annals of Internal Medicine review, published in 2013, show no relation to prolonged life benefits. Hence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force doesn't recommend supplements for preventive measures against diseases.

In conclusion, Dr. Sesso and Dr. Lo advise on an improved diet before opting for supplements due to potency and nonessential but beneficial nutritional values unavailable. Moreover, the site that supplements are beneficial as the last alternative for genuine deficiency and inability to make dietary changes. However, caution is mandatory due to the unmonitored manufacture of pharmaceuticals in the U.S.


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