The range of nutritional supplements is huge and is constantly presented to us in the media. Whether in TV commercials, diet reports, YouTube videos or elsewhere, numerous companies praise dietary supplements as almost indispensable for every individual. And again and again there are waves in which individual vitamins or minerals are particularly promoted or thematised. Sometimes supporters and opponents of food supplements even get into a real dispute.
Some are of the opinion that people who eat a healthy and balanced diet take in everything with their food that the body, mind and soul need. (But what is healthy?) On the other hand, there are those who say that certain nutrients cannot be consumed in sufficient quantities with food.
The focus is currently on vitamin D (D3), which is demonstrably good for the stability of the bones. Whether it can also help against diseases such as cancer, diabetes or depression, as is sometimes proclaimed, has not yet been scientifically proven. What is certain, however, is that overdosing on vitamin D can lead to side effects. Therefore, vitamin D3 should only be taken in combination with vitamin K2. In the meantime, there are various combination products from numerous pharmaceutical companies that have jumped on the bandwagon set in motion by the alternative health apostles (in a positive sense, because they care about the well-being of their fellow human beings).
But other vitamins, such as vitamin C, are also frequently discussed. Vitamin C most recently in the Corona pandemic. Many thought that vitamin C would strengthen the immune system and thus be helpful against possible viral infections.
Whether supplementation of vitamins and minerals might be useful or helpful should be discussed with the doctor you trust. A blood analysis can also be helpful. After all, both supporters and opponents of food supplements agree that a deficiency of certain nutrients should be remedied. But opinions differ greatly as to how this should be done. In the end, everyone is responsible for themselves and decides for themselves what is good for them or not. Listen to yourself and be mindful.
The German Society for Nutrition gives recommendations for the intake of vitamins and minerals, but this does not mean that they should be taken in supplements. (https://www.dge.de)
A vitamin D supplement is recommended, among other things, if a person has little or no exposure to the sun. But 10 µg of vitamin D is also recommended for infants in the first year of life. [Source : https://www.dge.de]
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If you are planning to supplement vitamins and minerals, be systematic. A blood analysis beforehand would be best. If this is not possible, be careful and read the package leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist. I myself have only taken individual vitamins and minerals to see what effect each preparation has. If you take several at once, it is difficult or impossible to decide what has helped or, in the worst case, harmed you. The most frequently advertised supplements include vitamin C, vitamin D3, magnesium, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and, increasingly, protein supplements. I also paid attention to quality. Whenever possible, I used vitamins and minerals from natural sources. For zinc, for example, there are many different preparations. See for yourself, in the end you decide what seems good for you or not. We do not make any recommendations.