Dietary Supplements : A Dietary Supplement

901 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
A dietary supplement is a product intended for ingestion that contains a dietary ingredient intended to add further nutritional value to supplement the diet. (8) Dietary supplements are a combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, etc. more than half of adults in the United States use at least one type of dietary supplement. There are many pros and cons that come with using dietary supplements. Pros are they could help prevent certain diseases, they could correct and prevent nutrient deficiencies, and they help poor dietary habits. The cons are the side effects, potential toxicity, and they aren’t regulated. Dietary supplements could help prevent certain diseases because supplements offer separate health benefits. For example, regularly taking fish oil supplements may help lower low blood pressure and triglycerides and decrease your risk of heart disease. (4) Folic acid is also taken by pregnant women to reduce the risks of their baby getting any type of birth defects. Calcium and vitamin D are also important for keeping your bones strong and to reduce bone loss. They aid in preventing and correcting nutrient deficiencies. Vitamin deficiencies such as scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), night blindness (vitamin A deficiency), and beriberi (thiamin deficiency) occur mainly in third-world countries and are almost nonexistent in the United States. (2) Just because they don’t seem to really come about in the United States doesn’t mean that you are prevented. Bone…
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