WHAT ARE SUPPLEMENTS?
Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and food extracts. They can be used to treat disease, fill nutritional deficiencies and combat side effects of other medications. Supplements have a wide range of therapeutic uses, with strong evidence showing their effectiveness. Dietary supplements can be used to ensure you're getting the daily requirements for essential nutrients; this is especially important in those instances where you aren't eating a variety of nutritious foods. Remember that it is important to try and optimize your diet first.
Nutraceuticals are a type of supplement that consists of a concentrate whole food that is taken in capsule form. Some common nutraceuticals you may have taken before would be broccoli pills, garlic capsules, green tea capsules, and so on. Nutraceuticals are beneficial when it just isn't possible to eat a therapeutic dose of the whole food.
Human research is always being conducted on the safety and efficacy of supplements. At Absolute Health and Wellness, our Naturopath is always up-to-date on current research to ensure what you're prescribed is appropriate and meets your needs.