Supplements or dietary supplements are also termed as nutritional supplements. These are preparations that are specially intended to supplement the diet in order to provide essential nutrients like minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, calcium, fiber and amino acids. These are used to fulfill the missing nutrients in a persons diet which may not be consumed in sufficient amount in the diet. These supplements can be consumed in any form like food or drugs or even natural health products. There are almost numerous companies in the market that offer such supplements in liquid as well as solid state form.
Well these are unnecessary if person has sufficiently healthy diet but if not these supplements can be used after consulting some professional that will subscribe these explicit products according to ones body structure, physical needs and body response to these commendable products. There has been a huge growth in the supplement business especially in last few years due to awareness between people and also due to youngsters more attention towards having a thoroughly fit and healthy body as well as an immense physique. Supplements are mostly (actually totally) used by those in the body building business due to extra need of body for these nutrients.
There are many types of supplements. One of such type is vitamin supplement. Vitamin supplements are basically vitamins with specific health claims beyond their physiologic functions. Vitamins are originally micronutrients that are required in very small amount for proper physiological process like for treating deficiencies in bodies, for certain health issues and also for medicinal purpose. One should use vitamin supplements only after pre subscription from a professional consultant or a doctor.
Vitamin supplements come in specific types like Vitamin A (also called Beta Carotene), Vitamin B (B1, B6, B12, B13, B9 etc), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Vitamin A is needed to avoid deficiencies related to visual problems. Vitamin B is required to avoid deficiencies like thiamine, niacin, intestinal diseases etc. This vitamin supplement is also recommended for good memory. Vitamin C supplements act as an anti oxidant and are used due to these medicinal purposes. Vitamin D is specially required for bones. Vitamin E is used specially for skin efficiencies. Vitamin K is not well widely used as supplement but this is necessary for clotting of blood (during injuries).
There is also a term related to Vitamin supplements called Pseudo Vitamins. Well these are those Vitamin supplements that are sold claiming to be Vitamins but in actual these are not. Undoubtedly these are essential nutrients for human body but these are not Vitamins. Some of these are Vitamin B17, which is actually laetrile, Vitamin F and Vitamin B4 (respectively equivalent to fatty acids and adenine) and many more. Actually these are sold claiming Vitamins but buying them is a total wastage of money.