Pamela Igwe
Naturopathe à Montesson

Why you need to take a supplement today

15 Sep 2023 Nutrition-Micronutrition

Taking micro nutritional supplements may be considered more necessary today than in the 1960's, due to several changes and challenges that have emerged over the years.


Here are some reasons why micro nutritional supplements might be more relevant now:

Modern Agricultural Practices: Agricultural practices have changed significantly since the 1960s. Intensive farming, soil depletion, and the use of synthetic fertilisers have led to a decrease in the nutrient content of crops. As a result, even fresh produce may not provide the same level of vitamins and minerals as it did decades ago.

Processed Foods: The consumption of processed foods has increased dramatically since the 1960s. These foods often lack essential nutrients and can contribute to imbalances in the diet. Micronutrient supplements can help counteract the deficiencies caused by these dietary trends.

Environmental Pollution: Pollution levels have risen in many parts of the world, leading to increased exposure to toxins and pollutants. This can create oxidative stress and increase the body's need for antioxidants and other protective nutrients.

Stressful Lifestyles: Modern lifestyles are often characterised by higher stress levels, inadequate sleep, and sedentary behaviour. These factors can increase the body's requirements for certain nutrients, such as B vitamins and magnesium, to support energy production and stress management.

Shifts in Dietary Preferences: Dietary preferences have changed over time, with more people adopting restrictive diets (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) for various reasons. These diets might lead to nutrient gaps that can be addressed through supplements.

Increased Medication Use: Medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, have become more prevalent. Some medications can deplete specific nutrients or interfere with their absorption. Supplementing can help mitigate these effects.

Aging Population: The global population has aged since the 1960s, and older adults often have different nutritional needs due to factors like decreased nutrient absorption, increased nutrient requirements, and bone health concerns. Micronutrient supplements can aid in meeting these needs.

Rising Awareness of Nutritional Science: Advances in nutritional science have led to a better understanding of various micronutrients' roles in promoting health and preventing diseases. This increased awareness has contributed to the recognition of the importance of targeted supplementation.

Specialised Nutritional Needs: A greater understanding of specific health conditions and genetic factors can impact nutrient metabolism and requirements today. Personalised supplement regimens can be tailored to address these unique needs.

Globalisation and Diet Changes: With increased globalisation, dietary habits have become more diverse. People are exposed to different cuisines and dietary traditions, which might not always align with their nutritional needs. Supplements can help ensure a consistent intake of essential nutrients.


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