Research regarding vitamin supplements has been important in discovering the role nutrients play in keeping people healthy and living long lives. Deciphering whether or not vitamin supplements are necessary has been the goal of many researchers. The answers are still not totally clear, as there are thousands of vitamin supplements available, each one with a different role and effect on the body.
There are vitamin supplements necessary to stronger hearts and cardiovascular systems. Some are specifically geared toward a healthy immune and nervous system.
Other supplements aid in the prevention of cancer, prevent physical and mental birth defects, prevent vision and memory loss and aid in preventing the degeneration of senior health.
Determining if vitamin supplements are necessary depends on the diet a person is following. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the human body to function properly; however, the human body is designed to get vitamins and minerals from its diet. This is not a realistic expectation as most people do not eat a balanced diet every day of their life.
Without vitamins and minerals the body would not have the energy to perform daily tasks, even the most simple ones require proper vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin supplements are necessary to insure that the body is receiving the nutrients needed to perform and maintain on a daily basis. They lead to healthier, longer lives with less medical problems.
On the other hand, there are people who say that vitamin supplements are not necessary, that a balanced diet will supply all that the body needs. These people do not consider the number of people who do not eat a balanced diet. There are relatively few people who eat a diet that is perfectly balanced.
For example, the recommended daily amount of calcium would require a person to drink one cup of milk, eat one cup of broccoli, one cup of navy beans, one cup of yogurt and add in four ounces of pink salmon – all of that to get one day’s supply of calcium.
Not only is it simply not easy to eat the right amount of food, in the right type, every day to get a perfect balance of nutrients, it is often logistically impossible. There are many obstacles that supplements help to overcome.
One obstacle is cost. As people age, their income tends to decrease and not everyone has the funds to purchase the right foods to eat a healthy diet. They eat what they can afford, often high calorie, low nutrient foods. Supplements are necessary and less expensive for this group of people.
Today’s fast paced world is also responsible for the lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. Grab and go has become the morning moniker with a quick lunch later in the day. Dinner is the only sit-down meal for many people. It would be difficult to get a full day’s nutrition in one meal which is why many people choose supplements.
So, are vitamin supplements necessary? In a perfect world the answer would be no. However, it is not a perfect world and so vitamin supplements are necessary.