Food supplements are source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, botanicals and other nutrient substances in measured dosage form. Food supplement are beneficial for general health and in the management of health conditions. Their main purpose is supplementing normal or poor diet or correcting a nutritional deficiency.
Complete balance healthy diet cannot be replaced by food supplements. A diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, protein, starch and fats provide much more than what a food supplement can. However in today's fast paced life as we neglect the importance of healthy balance diet, the need for food supplement has arisen. Our body requires nutrients in desired quantity to carry out our bodily function, excessive intake of vitamins and minerals may be harmful and cause side effects. Hence one should take caution while taking food supplement and not replace it with healthy diet. It is always good to take supplement under doctor's guidance as nutritional requirement varies from person to person and a doctor can best decide the dosage more appropriate for oneself. Food supplement are not drugs, they contain nutrients that work with our body biology for maintaining and supporting enzyme function and biochemical reactions. And hence they should not be even replaced with medicines.
Now-a-days food supplements are available in various dosage forms as pills, tablets, capsules, powders, liquids, energy bars etc. Always check the supplement fact list of contents, ingredient amount per serving, added fillers, binders before starting supplements.