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Taking The Right Nutritional Supplements

Dec 31, 2007
Some people take nutritional supplements for years before they realize that they are not taking the right ones. With so many nutritional supplements on the market today, many people wonder what type of nutritional supplements do they actually need to achieve and maintain health and wellness. Some are surprised to find that the body only needs 13 vitamins to function correctly and other supplements are experimental methods that people use to treat or prevent a certain disorder.

The human body uses various amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, folic acid, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and biotin and pantothenic acid every day. The other vitamins and minerals on the store shelves that are offered for sale are purely supplemental doses that the body could use to achieve a better lifestyle. People use nutritional supplements of these vitamins and minerals to ensure that they are getting the essential vitamins that the body requires each day.

The body will require certain increases in some nutritional supplements because it uses this particular vitamin to perform several bodily functions. If the body does not have this amount to use, then health problems could be the result and vital organs could cease to function if the deficiency went unnoticed. Some people might take vitamin D to ensure they have strong bones later in life, but fail to realize that Vitamin A will alleviate this problem if it is taken at the same time.

The human body uses vitamins in different ways. Some are used immediately after ingestion because the vitamin is water-soluble and passes through the body through blood, organs and any excess is depleted through the urinary system. The body has the capability to store certain vitamins and use them on an as-needed basis. These fat soluble vitamins are nutritional supplements that use the body fat cells as a storage facility until they are needed.

Some people overdose on water-soluble vitamins because they take in excess amounts that the body is not able to eliminate as quickly as it should. This type of ingestion will cause damage to vital organs such as the stomach, kidneys, and liver. While water-soluble vitamins are processed quickly, the vitamin B12 has been found to remain in organs for a long time.

The body will use the vitamin supplements for a specific body function and people can ensure that they are taking the right nutritional supplements by knowing which bodily functions are lacking. People that suffer from neural disorders will realize a difference in neural responses if they increase the dosage of nutritional supplements such as Vitamin B12 into their daily diet regimen or in the nutritional supplements, they ingest in pill form.

Overweight people might turn to dieting to reduce the number of calories introduced into the body. With this diet change, people will also deplete the body of nutritional supplements that the body needs to function correctly. Increasing the amount of nutritional supplements that are high in Vitamin B will help the body to change its metabolism, which will in turn change the way the body burns calories from the foods that are consumed. Weight loss will be realized with this simple change and the need for dieting will be significantly reduced in the process.
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