Importance of nutritional supplements
What are vitamins?
Like minerals, vitamins are substances that occur in small amounts in our food and drink. Vitamins are indispensable for good health and normal growth and development, but vitamins do not provide energy. Our human body cannot make vitamins itself, with the exception of vitamin D, but that is sufficient for everyone and under all circumstances. Vitamins are in our diet, such as fruit, vegetables, meat and bread. By eating healthy daily, one normally gets enough vitamins, in some circumstances it is nevertheless necessary to supplement deficiencies by taking a dietary supplement.
What are minerals?
Minerals are, just like vitamins, substances that occur in small amounts in our food and drink. Minerals are needed among other things when controlling enzymes and hormones. Minerals are essential for the growth, recovery and proper functioning of our bodies. Our body cannot produce minerals either, so healthy food is of great importance. For people who lose weight, or take long-term medication, supplementing with minerals by taking a dietary supplement may be desirable.
Importance of dietary supplements
Vitamins and minerals are essential for your health. You will not always immediately notice the effect of taking vitamins and minerals, but your body cannot live without it. To get the right dose of vitamins and minerals that help you keep your body healthy and fit, it can be important to take a multivitamin supplement every day. A large part of the global population does not get enough vitamins and minerals from food. This is the conclusion of multiple scientific research projects across the world. There are two main reasons for this:
- The average person does not achieve the recommended amount of vegetables, fruit and fish.
- In many cases, our (western) diet contains insufficient vitamins and minerals.
The nutritional supplements from Elan are intended to enrich a healthy diet. A nutritional supplement is a concentrated source of certain vitamins or minerals. The nutrients in the Elan nutritional supplement have a modified form, different from what they occur in nature. Your body can absorb them better and faster that way.
Varied food is the most important
In principle, under normal circumstances, you do not need nutritional supplements to stay healthy. A normal, healthy diet with many whole-grain products, vegetables, fruit, dairy, healthy fats and lots of variation is sufficient to get the right amounts of all nutrients. But for some people it is advisable to use a nutritional supplement as a supplement to the daily healthy diet. A nutritional supplement is therefore not a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. Additional vitamins and minerals in the form of a nutritional supplement as a supplement to the daily healthy diet are recommended for, among others, the following categories of people: the elderly, pregnant women and people who have a modified digestive system due to surgery or bariatric surgery (or Weight Loss Surgery (WLS)).
Can an overdose of vitamins be harmful?
The nutritional supplements from Elan are completely safe. Elanl advises you to use Elan products only on the basis of the advice of your practitioner. You can then take the Elan products without risks to your health. The amounts are usually not so high that you get a harmful dose. If you do get too much, in most cases you simply pee it out again.
Evidence has been found that excessive amounts of vitamins A, B5, B6, B13, C and D can lead to certain symptoms, but this is very rare. It is more common to find a deficiency of these vitamins rather than a surplus. The Elan Compass and Believe products contain the vitamins B5, B6, C and D in a well-considered dose so that you do not have to be afraid of an overdose if you follow the Elan dosage advice. Only use Elan Compass and Believe products on the advice of your practitioner.