VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS, ETC…
As we have become more aware of the nutrients we need to function normally and the content of these nutrients in foods that comprise our diet, we have turned to supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Probiotics, active bacteria found in fermented foods and some yogurts, are considered by some to help maintain a healthy digestive system. Food producers and distributors are aware of the buying public’s interest in these additives and have included some in their products.
As a group, the above are intended to add nutrients that a balanced diet should provide. For some, a well-balanced diet may be difficult to achieve through normal food consumption, which leads to the taking of supplements. One’s physician is best to advise a person if there is a deficiency and of the benefits of adding nutrients to one’s diet. Routine blood testing will help determine if there is a deficiency.
It is important to understand that supplements do not substitute for a healthy diet and are not designed to cure diseases.
Some supplements can cause health risks. Vitamin K is part of the healthy clotting mechanism. As such, it can reduce the effect of blood thinners that one is taking.
People should include all medications and supplements being taken when visiting their dentist.