Help Yourself to Good Health with Supplements

There are many nutritional supplements that are becoming almost essential for today’s fast paced lifestyle. New industry blog "Health, Home and DIY" takes a look at the benefits of several increasingly common dietary supplements.


WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 24, 2011

Life for most people today is incredibly busy, with the pressure of work, family commitments, and running a household consuming most of our waking hours. For some, it means there is very little time to concentrate on eating healthily every single day. Not many people feel like spending hours at the end of a hard-working day  peeling and chopping vegetables for their evening meal. Sometimes there is  no choice but to look to convenience foods, which are usually laden with additives and are certainly not fresh.
 
One solution to this problem is to take supplements, which are designed to work in tandem with an existing diet, boosting the vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in the diet. There are several vitamins and minerals available today that work well to replace the missing essentials. One of the most tried and trusted is cod liver oil, which today comes in easy-to-take tasteless capsule form.
 
Cod liver oil contains four nutrients that are essential for health; two fatty acids, DHA, which is necessary for the nervous system and the eyes, and EPA, an anti-inflammatory which helps with arthritis and joint pain, and two vitamins, vitamin A, which the body requires for healthy skin, eyesight, and digestion, and vitamin D, needed for blood sugar levels, good bones and teeth, and a healthy immune system.
 
More recently, the health industry has been designing supplements that are more specifically targeted. One of these is chondroitin, a naturally-occurring molecule that is the main component of cartilage, the connective tissue that protects the joints.  Chondroitin can actually replace and even grow new cartilage and, in the case of cartilage that has already been compromised, it can prevent further damage. Tests have shown that it is particularly helpful for those suffering with osteoarthritis, which is caused by the loss or deterioration of cartilage either through age or wear and tear.
 
Glucosamine chondroitin is another supplement that is really effective in the treatment of joint conditions. Glucosamine itself occurs naturally in the body and is composed of sugar (glucose) and amino group NH2, both essential for healthy joints. Combined with chondroitin, it is one of the best supplements to take to control chronic swelling in joints, and to alleviate pain.
 
Another development in the field of nutrition is fish oil supplements. These are helpful for behavioural problems in children, and are said to aid concentration, and even academic performance. They can be helpful for memory problems in the elderly, too. Another benefit is that they can actually reduce the risk of heart disease in people who have already had a heart attack. They can reduce inflammation in the joints, too, and macular degeneration in the eyes, which can eventually lead to blindness. So there are plenty of reasons to include fish oil supplements in the diet.
 
Fish oil supplements are omega-3 fatty acids that are derived from fish oils. Oily fish, such as sardines and mackerel, have long been recommended for all sorts of health reasons, and everyone is advised to eat them regularly. Many nutritionists worry that people are not eating enough, and fish oil supplements are handy for those who don’t include much omega-3 in their diet.
 
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a stepping stone in the brain between tryptophan and serotonin, a lack of which is common these days, a development that nutritionists and doctors put down to busier more stressful lifestyles. 5-HTP is taken mainly for depression but it is also helpful for a lot of other conditions, many of which can be attributed to stress, including eating disorders, pre-menstrual tension, carbohydrate-cravings, migraines and other headaches, and insomnia, to name just a few. 5-HTP works to boost serotonin levels, and so is a very useful supplement to take on a regular basis, and is said to be safer than taking prescribed medication, especially in cases of depression.
 
All these supplements are readily available nowadays so, for anyone worried that their busy lifestyle leaves little time to eat healthily, the solution is easy to find.
 



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