The modern world is full of challenges. We have more opportunities than our ancestors used to have, but with the opportunities come difficulties, and with difficulties comes stress. Evolution did not have enough time to catch up with the advancement of the civilization and this left us without the appropriate biological tools to fight the increasingly adverse conditions of life. Today, advancements in science in medicine are all that we can put some hope in. In order to bridge the gap between who we biologically are and what we have to endure, we create solutions using our knowledge about the human body and its needs.
The popularity of synthetic vitamins is, therefore, something that should not surprise anyone. People have unhealthy lifestyles - they work in stressful and competitive environments, eat food which is either straightforwardly harmful for their health or at best devoid of nutrients to the point where eating it is equivalent to eating flavored cardboard. In order to make up for the lack of elements necessary for our bodies to function properly, we need to take large amounts of vitamins and minerals through pills and powders.
Moderation is the key
As it goes with anything as popular as food supplements, there are skeptics who question the effectiveness of this approach and even wonder whether or not it is entirely healthy. And again, as it goes with anything as popular as food supplements, the truth is somewhere halfway between the opinion of the enthusiasts and the skeptics. First and foremost, it is of utmost importance to get your synthetic vitamins from the sources you trust. Once you know your vitamins are safe and tested, the next thing you should care about is to take them with moderation, that is - pay attention to daily dosage recommended on the product and never take another pill just because you feel like you might need it.
Who needs supplements
As we previously mentioned, supplements are useful for everyone who feels that they do not receive enough nutrients through their regular diet. However there are certain groups of people for whom the supplemental vitamins are more than recommended.
- Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers - Pregnancy is the time when the body of a future mother is going through a lot of change and requires an additional amount of energy in order to function properly and support the baby growing inside. After the birth, mother’s body is still under pressure due to the fact that it needs to supply the infant with necessary nutrients through breastfeeding. Taking vitamin supplements during these periods can be very beneficial. Some experts even suggest that vitamins should be taken by women who are trying to get pregnant, in order to prepare their bodies and achieve balance necessary for successful conception.
- Children - from when they are only 6 months old to the age of five, children are going through some really important development phases for which they require all the energy they can get.
- Elderly people and people with dark skin - Supplemental vitamin D helps maintain the quality of bones and skin and is therefore strongly recommended to people who are susceptible to bone tissue deterioration.