What is a Dietary Supplement? - Duke's Materia Tonica
February 14, 2020 17:17
Duke's Materia Tonica
What is a Dietary Supplement?
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Dietary supplements are added to meals to increase their nutritional content for increased health, vitality and well-being. Nutrition from dietary supplements is linked to long-term health benefits, better living, increased performance and greater learning.
Dietary supplements come in many forms:
- Vitamins - A, B-spectrum, C, D, E, K
- Minerals - Common, trace, and rare earth
- Amino Acids - Building blocks of protein
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) - Omega 3 and 6 essential oils
- Herbs - Culinary spices and medicinal plants
- Botanicals - Medicinal plants, tonics, and adaptogens
- Superfoods - nutrient dense foods, herbs and botanicals
Supplements may be a constituent or a metabolite derived from any food, herb or botanical. For example:
- Antioxidants such as polyphenols from tea
- Curcumin from turmeric root
- Ginsenosides from ginseng roots
- Polysaccharides from medicinal mushrooms
Supplements come in many forms:
- Powder - such as a protein powder
- Pill - compressed powder
- Tablet - large pill
- Capsule - enclosed powder
- Liquid - concentrated extraction
- Gelcap or softgel - enclosed liquid
- Tincture - concentrated preserved extraction
The education of health with foods and supplements works by how certain nutrients work with the biochemical and mechanical structures or functions of body parts, organs, glands and various tissues in the body. Benefits and effects include:
- Minor relief of discomfort
Some of these effects are obvious by the molecular structure and how the body uses the nutrients. For example:
- Polysaccharides in astragalus build-up immunity.
- Antioxidants from goji berry maintain healthy levels of oxidation for energy.
- Triterpenes in reishi mushroom support vascular circulation throughout the body.
- Ginsenosides in ginseng promote adrenal and sex hormones production.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin in deer antler velvet offer relief of minor joint discomfort.
- Minerals in deer antler velvet, such as calcium, magnesium and manganese, support muscle contraction and joint flexibility.
Other effects and benefits are seen observational and empirical research. For example:
- Withanolide glycoside saponins in ashwagandha root promote brain function and improved cognition, memory, and sleep.
- Glycosides in hawthorn berry 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.
- Curcumin polyphenols in turmeric promote circulation into the joints for decreased joint discomfort and increased joint flexibility and regeneration.
Supplements are best added to a complete diet and certain foods will support and promote the effectiveness of them.
To learn more about how to take supplements with food, see our blog: Tips for Taking Tonics, Superfoods, Adaptogens and Medicinal Herbs
Supplements are Not Drugs
Dietary supplements are not drugs.
Drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat, cure, prevent and mitigate disease by a certified and licensed medical practitioner.
Do not take supplements to treat, cure, prevent or mitigate disease, as this is unapproved use of them. See resources below for more information about how to avoid medical fraud.
Some nutrients that may be taken as supplements have approved FDA 'health claims,' which means 'disease risk reduction.' Two examples:
- Fiber can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
- Adequate calcium and vitamin D throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
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