Your body needs vitamins and minerals, also called essential nutrients, to function at its best. Eating a well-balanced diet gives your body all of these nutrients to provide energy, assist with brain and muscle function, keep your bones and organs healthy and boost your immune system.
Even if you eat a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats, modern farming techniques can strip soil from nutrients, and fresh produce tends to lose nutrients once harvested. Furthermore, cooking food improves digestion and absorption, but it may reduce the levels of some vitamins and minerals.
Who should drink vitamins or supplements?
Most people do not meet their daily nutritional needs from dietary sources alone and choose to take supplements to help fill the nutrient gap. You may want to consider taking vitamins or supplements if:
- You are older than 65 years
- You are female
- You are on birth control, pregnant or breast feeding
- You follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle
- You have a vitamin deficiency
- You eat less than 1 500 calories per day
- You drink alcohol often
- You eat junk food regularly
- You do not eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
How long until you see results?
When you start taking a new vitamin or supplement, it is important to remember to take them regularly and not to expect an immediate change, as it may take a couple of days or even weeks to start seeing results.
Should you struggle to swallow the IPS Health and Wellness capsules, you can try putting the tablets in your mouth with a bit of liquid. Swirl the capsules around until the gelatine coating becomes slightly slippery, then swallow.
IPS Health and Wellness products
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- Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac and Elson Haas, M.D, Vitamins for Dummies (Indiana: Wiley Publishing, Inc. 1999) p. 10-11; p16-17.
- Scientific American (2011) Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?
Available at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/ (Accessed: 01 December 2022)
- Jillian Kubala (2021) When Is the Best Time to Take Vitamins?
Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/best-time-to-take-vitamins (Accessed: 01 December 2022)
- Harvard T.H. Chan, Healthy Eating Plate.
Available at: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/ (Accessed: 01 December 2022)
- Help Guide (2022) Vitamins and Minerals.
Available at: https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/vitamins-and-minerals.htm (Accessed: 01 December 2022)