The case supplements based on turmeric makes us reflect on the importance of conscious use of food supplements, which may have substantial benefits on health but also present risks.
The market for supplements is in constant growth and only in 2018 increased by 126%, moving over three billion euro. To prefer the integrators are mainly women and, fortunately, most of them follow the advice of your doctor or your pharmacist. It remains, however, a good slice of consumers, 17.6%, who buys supplements behind hint to friends and family or after reading an article on some magazine or on the web.
The case of turmeric should make us reflect on the possible risks related to doing it yourself.
Food supplements are in fact products that lie midway between the food and the drug and – although there can boast of therapeutic properties and fall within the definition of a medicinal product – have a physiological action and, consequently, may submit interactions and side effects.
It is, therefore, necessary to a conscious use of these products for health and wellbeing. Rely on the day could mean for example take supplements that in reality do not serve, as is often the case for vitamins and minerals. In the case of these micronutrients is always preferable to have recourse to the diet: a balanced diet and varies, rich in plants, provides the body with vitamins, minerals, and precious antioxidant substances that keep us young and healthy longer.
Sometimes the appeal integrators become an excuse for being able to maintain our bad habits: It is hoped that by taking antioxidant substances can be curbing smoke damage, or that a multivitamin can remedy the shortcomings of an unbalanced diet, or even that by resorting to an integrator fat burning you can exceed the calories table.
Obviously, this is not the case: a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet, and a constant physical activity are the best weapons to stay healthy. The DIY could also lead to consume supplements containing micronutrients or vegetal active ingredients in amounts less than or greater than what is necessary or, still, not to consider the side effects or the possible interactions with drugs or other supplements that you are taking.
Finally, in the case of some diseases, certain active ingredients present in plants are contraindicated.
With regard to vitamins and minerals, these should be incorporated only in the event of a shortage or established when a possible shortfall could have a serious impact on health: it is the case of vitamin B12 to assume when following a vegan diet, or of folic acid in pregnant women to prevent malformations in the fetus.
Different is the speech for food supplements based on plants which include herbs for herbal teas, mother dyes, aqueous extracts or dry. The integrators based on plants should be used to maintain a state of good health and for treating disorders of minor entities in which nature can be of great help to restore the natural equilibrium of the organism.
Food supplements that contain natural extracts are also very useful associated with medical therapies since in some cases allow to reduce the dosage of drugs.
Very important however is the choice of the integrator: between an integrator which contains an active ingredient isolated from a plant – as for example curcumin extracted from turmeric – and an integrator which actually contains the Phyto complex, it is preferable to opt for the second option.
Resorting to supplements that contain active ingredients isolated is not very different from taking a drug. The Phyto complex located instead in the herbal teas, in mother dyes, extracts, and supplements prepared with whole parts of the vegetable contains all compounds of the plant.
Before you buy an integrator is always advisable to contact the doctors and pharmacists specialize in phytotherapy or a herbalist in possession of adequate securities.