What is a supplement?

By definition a supplement is “a substance taken to remedy the deficiencies in a person’s diet.” The definition should be updated to state “a substance taken to remedy the deficiences needed for essential biochemical processes in the body.”

Because it is a replacement for a deficiency, it is not always necessary to take on a daily basis. Vitamin D is a great example. During the summer months when outside a lot, it may not be necessary to supplement but during the winter it may be vital to take a Vitamin D supplement daily. Another great example is folate (Vitamin B9). Folate is found in dark green leafy vegetables. If you find you are getting them in your diet, it is not necessary but when you are unable to eat these it would be appropriate to supplement.

If you believe you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency, it is important to make sure your digestive system is healthy. Most nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine and need a healthy environment to be utilized.

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