Whether vitamin supplements can be included in your diet?
Research indicates that 42% of adults in U.S.A. have been taking vitamin supplements in the last year and it is highest in the age group of 55-65. Each year the country spends millions of dollars on distributing vitamins and mineral supplements for under privileged people. Generally cod liver oil and multivitamins are the main vitamin supplements that are sold faster rate in the medical stores.
Taking vitamin supplements in the form of pill does some good to your health as long as the dosage is limited. Vitamins are group of substances required for the normal growth and development of your body. Most of the vitamins are available in your daily diet. If you follow a well balanced diet you need not take any vitamin supplement in the form of pill. Major vitamin requirements of your body are met through the diet. However some people are of opinion that taking vitamins in the form of tablets is enough and there is no need to include them in their daily diet. Some others consume vitamins as daily routine without even consulting doctor. It is good to take vitamins in any form. The truth is that taking vitamins through foods or diets is not equal to taking them through pills. Studies show that vitamin supplements will not have the same effect on your body as that of vitamins consumed through foods.
For instance an apple contains rich source of vitamin C which is required for building immunity. But you can take vitamin C tablets which is also one form of vitamin supplement. The research done at Cornell University shows that apple is very effective in fighting diseases since it contains many good elements such as antioxidants and poly-phenols which prevent you from cancer. However, if you consume vitamin C tablet you add the benefit of only vitamin C and nothing more than that. Hence taking fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamins produces more benefits than taking them in the form of pills. Eating 100 grams of apple will give you the same antioxidant effect as that of taking 1500 mg of vitamin C tablet. You can compare the results and find out which is better for your health. Taking vitamins in the form of pills will produce least effect as that of eating them as fruit or vegetable. So your body needs huge amount of vitamin supplements if you prefer to take them through tablets.
Similarly taking fiber rich natural foods have great effect on your health. Fiber products are available in the form of powder in the stores. But they will not produce the same effect as that of eating fiber rich fruit of foods. Including fiber in your daily diet will reduce your hunger drive. Hence you prefer to take less food for the next meal if you take one banana or whole wheat bread. That is not the case if you take fiber powder or pills.
For achieving better results and to bring down your weight include vitamin rich foods in your healthy diet plan. Remember supplements in the form of pills are meant only for those who are not in a position to eat fruits daily.