Vitamins; Are supplements necessary?

Vitamins; Are supplements necessary?

In recent years, ampoule It is taking place a common query or "practice" daily that is to ask the physician prescribing pill d.cGU” target=”_blank”> Complex vitamin because we are "a little dejected" and need "more cells".

Something else that is usually heard: went to the doctor and told me to make healthy diet and exercise, but says nothing on me, at least I had given "some vitamins". Vitamins are the subject to become something that is on everyone's lips, and either beliefs or the high impact advertising in recent years, given to these compounds reputed to be absolutely necessary and with properties far exceeding its real usefulness.

Let's start with the definition. El term "vitamin" means "vital amine"; amine to be an organic compound present in low concentration in food and vital as being necessary and indispensable presence in the daily diet. These nutrients, in food, are needed in very small quantities, primarily to take advantage of other nutrients. Vitamins do not provide energy, and included in the daily diet is inevitable, since their shortcomings produce disorders known as avitaminoses. Well. We know they are needed in small amounts. But is it necessary to use supplements to complement the basic daily needs?. From the standpoint of therapeutic medical, be considered to vitamins as a prophylactic drug treatment, for the prevention of deficiency diseases specific vitamins (avitaminosis); but it is not clear its utility as a therapeutic agent in pharmacological doses.


How many types of vitamin supplements are? There are many and varied.

Every day new types of dietary supplements. Depending on the vitamin deficiency that you are dealing with can be found with antioxidant vitamins (Vit E, A and C), antineurítica activity vitamins and antiamémicas (B complex vitamins, folic acid, Vit B12), general multivitamin, in association with vitamins and trace minerals, etc..

How to know if we need vitamins?. Normally a healthy person eats all the needs of vitamins, a balanced diet in quantity and quality of nutrients, therefore needs vitamins are covered. However, causes of vitamin deficiency exists. The most common cause is insufficient consumption of foods containing these vitamins. This already poses an answer to our question, what is needed in most cases is a balanced diet.

There are pathological conditions where vitamin A deficiency are common, where we could cite: anorexia and bulimia (psychiatric disorders), eccentric diets in obese people to lose weight, not include a sufficient daily vitamin intake. Malnourished alcoholics and among the most common. Furthermore, many substances can affect the absorption of vitamins such as snuff, alcohol, caffeine, and some medications.

There are states of life of the man who usually need to take vitamins, these are the early childhood (primary prevention), old age (mainly in pathological states, either by increased consumption or decreased absorption) and pregnancy (by increased consumption); but even in each of these states must assess individual cases and do not offer the alternative of vitamin supplement "routinely".

What should I consider when purchasing a vitamin supplement? Any requirement of vitamins must be under clinical supervision of a physician. It is very important to make an assessment of nutritional status, and analysis have ruled out pathological causes. Based on the results, if necessary prescribe, appropriate vitamin type to restore the deficit and the organic deposits, but they must also address the primary cause of vitamin deficiency and regular balanced diet.

Can be harmful consumption of vitamins? Yes. Any substance that consumasin medical supervision may be harmful. In this particular case prácticamentetodos types of vitamins have described effects of overdose known as "hypervitaminosis"

In short this is a complex and always requires medical supervision, but which in most cases is achieved by a single treatment: balanced diet. At La Posada del Qenti professional team takes care of the income from medical monitoring to determine the possible pathologies involved and working with the psychological and nutritional area develops a personalized treatment plan effectively for the particular.

Dr. Christian Leiva – MP. 31209

Medical Director of La Posada del Qenti