Supplements aren't intended to be a food substitute because they can't replicate all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. So depending on your situation and your eating habits, dietary supplements may not be worth the expense.
Natural Health News A new study has shed some light on which plant food supplements are most popular across Europe, with consumers using them to complement their diets or to maintain health.
The study, published in the journal in PLOS ONE, examined the popularity of different botanical supplements in different European countries Finland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom and compared different methods of taking these supplements, from capsules and pills to powder sachets and drop dispensing bottles.
For the purposes of the study, botanicals were defined as concentrated sources of botanical preparations that have nutritional or physiological effect [and] are marketed in dose format. For this reason herbal teas, juices and similar products, were not included in the survey, though these are also undoubtedly popular ways of taking herbal products.
The 2359 participants were selected so as to make up a representative cross-section of demographics with gender and age …
If you're generally healthy and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and fish, you likely don't need supplements.
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