If you have a healthy diet, do you really need supplements?

If you have a healthy diet, do you really need supplements?

It can be said with certainty that a balanced healthy diet confers innumerous health benefits that cannot be substituted for dietary supplements alone. So then... what benefit (if any) is conferred by taking health supplements?

Despite many people making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy diet, the truth of the matter is that many people are still not meeting the recommended dietary requirements for many vitamins and minerals. For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that one third of Australian adults do not get enough magnesium from their diet alone, and three quarters of Australian women do not get enough calcium.

Human clinical trials have also demonstrated significant health benefits from supplementing with specific vitamins and minerals at the right doses. Supplementing with daily vitamin D, for example, has been shown to help prevent the occurrence of acute respiratory tract infections such as common cold and flu. We also know that deficiencies in vitamin D and zinc are associated with a higher incidence of respiratory infections.

It is important to note however, that not all supplements confer health benefits, and many supplements differ in the quality and quantity of active ingredients At IMUNI, we strive to ensure we only formulate supplements that have been demonstrated to be of benefit in human clinical trials, using high quality bioavailable ingredients.

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