Learn about your Supplements
What are Nutritional Supplements?
Nutritional supplements are products taken orally and include vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids, or other dietary ingredients to supplement your diet.
Who all need nutritional supplements?
Most people are able to get the requisite nutrients from balanced diets. However, some people may not be able to get the recommended dosage of nutrients from their diets due to improper diet, increased body demands or inability of the body to absorb the same from their diets. Such people may need supplements to cover up for the deficiecies.
Can you take the supplements on your own?
Although nutritional supplements are available over the counter but it is advisable to consult the doctor before doing so. Nutritional supplements have their own adverse-effects and interaction with other medications that you are already taking is possible. Always let your doctor decide if you need a particular supplement and the dosage needed.
Who needs Calcium supplements?
Menopausal women and elderly people are predisposed to Calcium deficiency. Strict vegetarian & vegan diets also increase your demand for Calcium supplementation. People on corticosteroid therapy also require Calcium supplements.
What are the dietary sources of Calcium?
Dairy sources of Calcium include milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cheese, paneer. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, amaranth & colocasia. Whole grains like ragi, soyabean, kidney beans( rajma), chickpeas & sprouts. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds.
What are the side-effects of Calcium supplements?
Calcium supplements are generally well tolerated. Common side effects are acid reflux, gas, bloating and constipation. Splitting the dosage over meals may help. Taking adequate water may help relieve constipation.