Walking through the supplements aisle in a pharmacy or supermarket can be pretty daunting when you’re greeted with a plethora of vitamins, oils and other pills or concentrates available in the market. But which ones do we really need?
While that depends on our diet and lifestyle, there are some that we can only derive from foods or supplements because our bodies don’t produce them. This is why it’s important to maintain a balanced diet that provides all the essential ingredients to keep our body in tip-top condition.
“Are we sure that we ate a variety of food a day to know if we have had adequate amounts of Vitamin D, full range of Vitamin Bs, Magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids per day?” asks Alessia Tan, nutritionist and business mentor at USANA Health Sciences. “Studies show that many people are lacking in these nutrients because of our highly processed food, diminishing amounts of nutrients due to soil erosion and increase in pollution in our environment. The increase in chronic diseases in Singapore shows that our lifestyle requires additional support from supplements to thrive. Supporting and nourishing your body with all the essential nutrients it needs is your best bet to living, feeling, and looking your best.”
Our diet should ideally provide all the nutrients we need so we don’t need to supplement it with more. But everyone’s body is made different and the amount of essential nutrients the body produces also depends on genetics. So if you’re considering supplements to fulfil your essential nutrient needs be sure to talk to a doctor or pharmacist so that you get the products and quantity best suited for you.
Here are a few crucial nutrients that our body doesn’t produce.