It is no secret that the human body requires many nutrients to function at optimum efficiency. A majority of these are obtained via eating and drinking, and a person with average height and weight with a balanced diet would likely have optimal levels of what is required. However, not everyone has a balanced diet and “average height and weight” can vary in some circumstances. As a means of rectifying this, there is the option of taking one of many health products on the market one can choose from.
Listed here are a few health products that one might be interested in when considering the body’s nutritional needs.
The essential minerals the body requires are normally obtained from foods, as the body itself is unable to manufacture them on its own. Some minerals the body needs less off than others, with variations to be kept in mind to account for one’s diet. These minerals can be required in significant amounts, such as phosphorus, or merely in trace quantities, such as iron. Calcium is critical for the health of the skeletal system. Selenium in trace amounts is known to boost the immune system. Zinc is known to have a wide range of positive effects on the metabolism. Iodine is a trace mineral involved in maintenance of a normal metabolism. Mineral supplements as health products come in a wide variety, often with a single supplement containing only one specific mineral.
Among the most common of health products, vitamin supplements are perhaps the easiest to find. By definition, a vitamin is any organic compound that is required by the body in small amounts. For the needs of the human body, there are 13 vitamins in total, with four being soluble in fat and the rest in water. Vitamins are not regularly stored in the body, and deficiency can lead to various diseases. Dietary supplements and children’s vitamins are the most common examples of health products of this nature, and can contain concentrations of vitamins that are far higher than those that would typically be found in food. Supplements of this nature can be found readily, with many containing all 13 in a single dose, but some health products only offer one. Vitamin C is the vitamin most likely to be found in supplements apart from the others.
Resveratrol, a component found in red wine, grapes, and some types of berries, has recently begun making waves. Studies looking into the possible effects of resveratrol have been conducted, with impressive results. In one study published in the journal “Nature,” it was found to provide an extension of life span in test subjects by up to an average of 56%. Chinese lab studies have also determined that it may have a preventive effect on cancer, citing that it prevented cancer development in mice specifically treated with carcinogens. The Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cell Biology in France also reported that resveratrol seemed to improve endurance in test subjects by activating the SIRT1 gene, which is believed to lead to faster metabolisms.
The Korean (Panex) ginseng is found to yield a multitude of health and wellness benefits. Ginseng tea has been found to be effective in countering the effects of stress. The ancient Chinese have long used it as both a curative and preventive measure. Ginseng contains vitamins A, B-6, and Zinc, which can all boost the immune system. The tea can also stimulate the heart and blood vessels, and has recently been shown to increase estrogen levels for treatment of menopause. Other effects attributed to ginseng include boosting of energy levels and improvement of memory.
Royal jelly is the secretion of honey beets that is used as nutrition for larvae and the queens of the hive. It has become moderately popular as a nutritional aid. The jelly is collected and sold as a dietary supplement, with proponents of it claiming that if contains components such as B-complex vitamins, particularly panthothenic acid (B5) and pyridoxine (B6). Protein, simple sugars, and fatty acids are also found in it. Finally, royal jelly contains a number of trace minerals, components with are antibacterial and antibiotic in nature, and small quantities of vitamin C.
Before one goes out to buy any health product, however, there are things that should be remembered. Like regular pharmaceuticals, some health products may cause side effects or allergic reactions. These are uncommon with vitamin and mineral supplements, but may occur with other health products. Finally, consultation with a doctor prior to taking any supplement is a wise course of action. This is particularly true for those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or have chronic medical problems.