Dietary Supplement Handbook: Part 6 - Structure and Function

by Jason J. Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: August 1, 2022 20:20

Scientist's Study How Supplements Work 

The nutrients and unique constituents composition of dietary supplements work with the structural and/or biochemical functions of systems, organs, glands and tissues in the body.

How Dietary Supplements Benefit Health

Dietary supplements work by benefits of nutrients and constituents

Health benefits:

  • Build-up
  • Maintenance
  • Support
  • Promote 
  • Repair
  • Minor relief of discomfort

Nutrients and Constituents Examples:

  • Vitamins and minerals are essential to supporting and maintaining different organs, glands and tissues in the body.
  • Antioxidants from vegetables, fruits and superfoods maintain healthy levels of oxidation for energy.
  • Polysaccharides in mushrooms and tonics like astragalus build-up immunity.
  • Triterpenes in medicinal mushrooms promote vascular circulation and oxygenation throughout the body.
  • Ginsenosides in Asian and American ginseng promote adrenal and sex hormones production.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin in edible pearls and deer antler velvet repair joint tissues and offer relief of minor joint discomfort.

Supplement Science

Supplements Work By Adding Nutrient Density 

Benefits of dietary supplements are studied and researched through biochemistry, observational supplementation, and traditional empirical uses. They work by nutrient science to increase the density of nutrients in the diet.

Spices, medicinal herbs, superfoods, botanicals they may be used as medicinal remedies because of their health supporting and promoting unique constituents.

Examples of supplement science:

Curcumin polyphenols in turmeric promote circulation into the joints for decreased joint discomfort and increased joint flexibility and regeneration.

Withanolide glycoside saponins in ashwagandha root promote brain function and improved cognition, memory, and sleep.

Glycosides in hawthorn berry, leaf and flower maintain blood circulation, promote fat and protein digestion, and support oxygenation and calmness.

Growth factors in deer antler velvet promote the repair and recovery of joint, muscle, skin and bone tissues.

Supplements are Not Drugs or Intoxicants

Supplements Do Not Work Like Drugs or Intoxicants 

Dietary supplements are not the same as drugs or intoxicants. Dietary supplements are not approved to treat, cure, prevent, or manage the causes of disease that have been diagnosed, but instead they maintain, support, and promote health and wellness. Only drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat, cure, prevent, and manage disease by a certified and licensed medical practitioner.

Some nutrients that may be taken as supplements have authorized or qualified FDA health claims, which means 'disease and health-related condition risk reduction.' An example:

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