This question has different answers depending on where you are coming from and what culture.
If a person gets a balanced variety of foods in their diet there is probably no need for
vitamin and mineral supplements.
It is difficult to know exactly what type of vitamin supplement to buy. Not all vitamins are created equal, and not every person’s body needs the same amount of each vitamin.
Natural spices and herbs do a lot more than add a touch of color to your kitchen, and a hint of unique taste to the foods you prepare. You don’t have to be a culinary expert to use them either. It is helpful to know which spice best brings out the full flavor of which food, but that is easy enough to figure out with a little help from a recipe book, or website. Even experimenting on your own is a good way to learn, and in addition to adding zest to your meals, you’ll be adding nutrients as well.
When a person eats food, the process of how the body gets its nutrients is called digestion. This breaks food down into its respective nutrients.
Carbohydrates get broken down into single units of sugars, protein into amino acids and fats into fatty acids. This process of receiving nutrients actually starts when you chew the food. Then the food travels down into the stomach through the esophagus where it is liquefied by stomach acids. When the food reaches your small intestines, this is where the nutrient harvesting begins.
Concern about how much we weigh, and what we look like has vastly increased in recent years. In order to lose weight, or improve our overall appearance, we Americans spend a great deal of time counting calories. Consuming weight loss products such as pills, or liquids, and being diligent about how many calories we take in at every meal, might help us to shed some pounds, but we might also be losing some vital nutrients that our bodies need.
“Contains AntiOxidants” has become a promotional marketing slogan that is raking in millions of dollars for companies that sell everything from bottled water to lip sticks. And consumers will consume things that carry that slogan, even if they have no idea what an antioxidant actually is, or why they might need some.