The health supplement market has boomed in recent years. Health-conscious consumers are no longer satisfied with taking a generic supermarket multivitamin; they want to know how they may best improve their health or make up for a diet which lacks some of the nutrients that we all need to function at our best. Not only are we seeing an increase in the variety of pills being marketed, but we are also seeing entirely new methods for supplementation, such as transdermal vitamin patches. If you’re wondering why others choose to take supplemental vitamins and how you might benefit from a boost in your levels, read on.
Our Diets Are Getting Worse
Whether or not you believe in the merits of organic farming, it is undisputable that our diets are worsening. Not only are the foods themselves less nutritious as a result of modern farming methods, but the inherent balance of our diets has shifted. We eat more meat and more white bread and pasta, but less in the way of fruit, vegetables and fibrous grains. Is it any surprise that people are taking vitamin supplements because they lack energy or feel that they have a weakened immune system?
What Can You Do About It?
Firstly, you need to familiarise yourself with the different vitamins and minerals and their respective roles within your body. Want a boost to your immune system? Try a vitamin C supplement. Meanwhile, zinc is one of the only things proven to reduce the severity and length of the common cold. Are you a vegetarian or vegan who is concerned that they are missing out on some of the essential nutrients provided by meat and other animal products? Try a b12 transdermal patch and you’ll probably find that you have a great deal more energy.
Should I Use a Patch or a Pill?
Of course, most supplements come in the form of a tablet or capsule. The effectiveness of this method of delivery varies from vitamin to vitamin. Fat soluble vitamins, such as A, D and E, can be stored in the body for later use. This means that a pill, which delivers all of its dose at once, is a suitable way to get those extra nutrients. Vitamin C and the B vitamins, on the other hand, are water soluble. This means that if you receive a single dose, your body will excrete everything other than the amount immediately required – hardly ideal! This is why transdermal vitamin patches have enjoyed so much popularity and exposure in the press. Because the vitamin is released gradually over a period of time, the body is able to make full use of the nutrients being infused into the bloodstream, instead of wasting as much as 90% of the dose.
Paul Parker is a health and fitness enthusiast. When he’s not blogging about transdermal vitamin patches or vegetarian diets, he’s running a yoga studio in sunny seaside Brighton.