The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that dietary supplements are becoming more common, with little over half of the adult population admitting to using them. Ideally, this would not be the case, but supplements are a practical, affordable and simple way of covering the recommended levels of micronutrients required to keep the body healthy.
Results from the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) show how important these compounds are. They mention one instance where a group of 2303 women was given doses of vitamin D which lead to a reduction in risk of cancer by 30%. Similarly, it notes o “lower incidence of myocardial infarction and of death from myocardial infarction with n−3 fatty acids”.
Omega 3 fatty acids are abundantly found in sardines, tuna, salmons and sea fish. Vitamin D is usually produced naturally through exposure to sunshine. It can be obtained from other sources, like mushrooms, egg yolks, salmon and some varieties of cheese.
“In terms of the omega 3s, the best thing to do is to try to have more dietary fish… If people aren’t going to eat fish, there really may be some benefits from taking a fish oil supplement. We recommend they discuss that with their health care provider”, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and lead researcher for the VITAL trial.
A varied and balanced diet can significantly improve your wellbeing and allow you to enjoy more moments alongside your family and loved ones.