Dietary supplements are big business, pulling in 27 billion dollars in 2010, these numbers speak for themselves. So with this kind of sales then there must be something to it right? Well, there is and then again there isn’t. Dietary supplements are good sometimes, but there can be a downside to them too.
Dietary supplements fill the “gaps” left from our eating habits that often do not provide us with everything our bodies need. The best method of obtaining vital nutrients, of course, is through proper diet, eating the right foods in the right amounts. But sometimes this isn’t possible due to financial, health, or availability restrictions.
Years ago fruits and vegetables were only available when they were “in season”, bit now with modern farming and preserving technology, these items are available year around in your local grocery store. Sometimes it is difficult to get you children to eat the right foods and then this is where a supplement could be beneficial.
“Daily vitamins” are often used by parents to make sure their children are getting all the nutrients they need; these are often used by adults as well. Vitamin formulae are often designed to meet the nutritional needs pertaining to persons’ age and sex. “Over 50” formulae and male/female designed vitamins are often used by adults to obtain nutrients that are vital at that age or for their sex.
Another example would be if a person was lactose intolerant they could take calcium supplements to give their body the levels of calcium needed for proper bone and muscle function and maintenance, or persons with iron deficiencies can take an iron supplement. Many dietary regim