Each of you has certainly met with the term – dietary supplement. But have you ever wondered why a given product is called a dietary supplement? What are supplements and why are they used? The supplementary market brings gigantic profits, and products referred to as dietary supplements are available in every pharmacy and store. I invite you to read this article.
- What is a dietary supplement?
- Why are they used?
- Who decides about what becomes a dietary supplement?
What is a dietary supplement?
Dietary supplement is a substance, supplement supplementing the diet with essential nutrients for health (belong to this group, among others vitamins, minerals and other exogenous substances) which may be missing in the daily diet of a person. Supplements are in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, lotions and gels. Dietary supplements are products sold in a form that allows easy and precise dosage and are not treated as medicines (sales are carried out by stores and pharmacies)
Why are they used?
Currently, the rapidly changing world and the ever-faster pace of life mean that people have less and less time to look after the diversity of their diet. Too often, they are monotonously and in a hurry. The diet is more and more barren. In order to remedy this, producers of the most needed micro- and macroelements started to produce in the form of dietary supplements. Not without significance is the fact that mass-produced food and often highly processed food is poor in vitamins, minerals and substances with health-promoting effects.
Dietary supplements are used just to restore a wholesome diet full of value. However, it is not allowed to replace a balanced diet with supplements, because nutrients of natural origin are more desirable and valuable for our body than their synthetic counterparts.
Who decides about what becomes a dietary supplement?
From July 31, 2003, European Union countries are obliged to adjust their rights so as to harmonize with the EU regulations regulating the market of dietary supplements. EU law clearly defines which vitamins, minerals and health-promoting substances can be used for the production of supplements and in what form and form they can be made. The European Commission cares for the unification of EU law in member countries.
However, there is a so-called borderland zone, which the European Union has not specified legally, and which include products that meet the criteria for both medicinal products and dietary supplements.
Dietary supplements are very much needed and in many cases valuable products that complement our diet. We just need to remember that supplements are COMPLETE and we can not replace them with a balanced diet. As in everything, here also the key to health is moderation.