What's the use of dietary supplements?
Dietary Supplement is derived from the "Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) promulgated by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1994. It was officially obtained after President Clinton signed it. Legal definition. It makes the following provisions on dietary supplements: a product (not tobacco) intended to supplement the diet, which may contain one or more of the following dietary ingredients, a vitamin, a mineral, and a herb (herbal) Or other plants, an amino acid, a food ingredient used to increase the total daily intake to supplement the diet, or a concentrate, metabolite, ingredient, extract or combination product of the above ingredients, etc. In the European Union, it is called Food Supplement, which is derived from the European Union's "Food Supplements Act". Its purpose is very clear, just as a food supplement.
Dietary Nutrition Supplements
Dietary nutritional supplements are derived from the "Industry Transfer Guidance Catalog (2012 Edition)" issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China on July 26, 2012. my country stipulates that the raw materials of "dietary nutritional supplements" must be essential nutrients for the human body or biologically active substances with a relatively clear structure-activity relationship; it is a product set that spans health foods and ordinary foods.
The "dietary supplements" in the United States are the third category of products that are different from ordinary foods and medicines. The purpose of my country's "dietary supplements" is to "improve the body's health and reduce the risk of disease," while the purpose of the US "dietary supplements" is to "supplement dietary ingredients."
Nutrition and functional foods nutrition and functional foods are commonly used terms in the academic circles of our country, and their meanings are: edible products produced using nutrients, biologically active ingredients, probiotics, or medicinal and food homologous substances or added with the above items; Foods that have changed the initial nutritional composition of natural foods; eating such products for the purpose of obtaining health benefits, has the effect of balancing the nutritional intake and regulating body functions for specific groups of people, but not for the purpose of curing diseases; usually on the product label Indicate a nutrition or function statement. The most fundamental sign that distinguishes it from general food is its unique edible value, that is, it plays a role in maintaining and improving health through dietary intervention.
Health Foods are the "Health Food Registration Management Measures (Trial)" issued by the State Food and Drug Administration in April 2005, which are defined as foods with specific health functions or for the purpose of supplementing vitamins and minerals. That is to say, it is suitable for certain people to eat, has the function of regulating the body, is not aimed at curing diseases, and does not produce any acute, subacute, or chronic harm to the human body.
There may be different understandings of dietary supplements, dietary nutritional supplements, nutritional and functional foods, health foods, etc. at home and abroad, and their connotations and extensions may not be exactly the same. But I personally think that this kind of supplement is a kind of human body needs between food and medicine. It has certain benefits to people and can maintain or promote health. These substances are generally derived from natural animals and plants, and some may also be derived from chemical synthesis.
The nutrients the human body needs include protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, mineral salts, and trace elements. In fact, there is another important substance that is water. Water accounts for 60-70% of the human body, showing its importance. These elements can solve the problem that it is not lacking through a balanced diet, but if you are in a disease or sub-health state, you may need to increase the dosage of certain ingredients to improve your health, improve your body's condition, and prevent diseases.
Especially as the age increases, the body's function gradually declines, and there may also be obstacles to the absorption of nutrients. How to choose supplements also needs to be determined according to each person's specific situation, such as older age and less sunshine time, You can properly supplement vitamin D and calcium preparations; the food is more delicate, and the over-processed food eats more, you can supplement some B vitamins and so on.
Of course, I personally think that naturally extracted nutrients may be more beneficial to the human body, and more conducive to the body's absorption. In ancient my country, there was a saying that medicine and food were homologous. In fact, many medicines are beneficial ingredients extracted from ordinary food, and they become medicines when they increase to a large enough dose. For the general population, I tend to supplement with a small amount and not overdose, with intermittent supplementation, to gradually achieve physical balance.