frequently asked questions
Multivitamins are supplements that contain many essential vitamins and minerals. This is a form of insurance against any potential deficits / deficiencies in your diet. In our fast paced lives, a balanced diet sometimes takes a backseat – and hence multivitamins are like a “cover all your bases” supplement.
For many people, breakfast is the most convenient time for taking a supplement. You will want to take it in a way that maximizes the absorption of its nutrients (i.e. essential vitamins and minerals) so it is recommended that you take your supplements with a meal in the morning or early afternoon..
Yes, supplements are available for sale over the counter at local pharmacies or online and do not require a doctor’s prescription. However, it’s important to ask your doctor about taking supplements if you’re pregnant/nursing, about to have surgery, have a heart condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is the best way to get all the nutrients the body needs. However, most people do not meet dietary recommendations such as eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day or oily fish twice a week. Some groups of people in particular may find it difficult to achieve the recommended nutrient intake through diet alone. These include young children and adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women, elderly people, smokers, heavy drinkers, and anybody on a restrictive diet, such as vegans, vegetarians and people trying to lose weight. Nutrients can also be lost from food as a result of poor methods of storage, preparation and cooking. In addition, busy lifestyles mean that people are more inclined to skip meals and grab individual snacks without giving thought to putting together properly balanced meals which would provide the right mix of nutrients.
Nutrition underpins good health and research has highlighted links between inadequate intakes of vitamins and minerals and poor health. There are now strong links between low intakes of particular nutrients and the risk of developing chronic diseases including some cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression. During pregnancy, insufficient nutrient intake can have long-term health implications for the health of the child. Women who are trying to conceive, and pregnant women should take a folic acid supplement of 400 micrograms up to week 12 of the pregnancy to help prevent neural tube defects. Improving nutrition is increasingly important for enabling people to maintain quality of life in older age. Learn more.
You will find 3 main deficiencies among Indians. Around 38% of the population in India is vegetarian, so in the first place, most of the vegans and vegetarians are deficient in B6 and B12. B6 helps you to strengthen immunity but its main function is to act as a neurotransmitter for the nervous system. It directly or indirectly affects our mood, keeps sleep and appetite in check. B12 on another hand is in charge of lowering the danger of heart problems, deteriorating proteins and fatty acids, and also protect our nerve cells. The second deficiency most Indians have is Calcium. Especially women after age 30 may require some calcium supplementation. The calcium bank inside our body may be filled and refilled only till teenage post which our calcium bank closes down and body may utilise the same calcium for different functions like maintaining muscle tissue and muscle mobility. The third and the most frequent deficiency is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is just a fat soluble nutrient useful for various functions in the body. It is employed by your body to absorb calcium and phosphorus effectively and could even assist with regulating mood by lowering anxiety.