Choosing supplements can be tricky when there’s so much on the market. But buying nutritional supplements doesn’t have to be complicated.
To answer your questions, we explain everything there is to know. Including what supplements are used for, who can use them, what types are available, and how to find the right ones for you.
What are dietary supplements used for?
The purpose of nutritional supplements is to deliver nutrients that may be missing in your body. Deficiencies could be due to:
- Poor diet (or missing items in your diet due to allergies/aversions)
- Lifestyle choices (eg: vegan, vegetarian or certain popular diets)
- Genetic factors
- Illness or disease
If you’re looking to improve general health, or target a specific health concern, taking a range of vitamins and minerals could help.
Who can benefit from nutritional supplements?
Everyone can benefit from taking supplements, including people of all ages. The Health and Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) provides safety information for children (from as young as six months), advising on supplements such as vitamins A, C and D.
The elderly can also improve their health through food supplement intake, as some minerals and vitamins become deficient as we age.
For people who have known deficiencies or are unable to get the nutrition they need through diet alone, healthcare practitioners often recommend taking dietary supplements together with eating well and exercising regularly.
What type of supplements are there?
When it comes to shopping for nutritional supplements, here are the different types to know:
- Vitamins (organic substances that are naturally occurring in plants or animals)
- Minerals (inorganic elements that come from the soil and water, and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals)
- Botanicals (natural active ingredients from plant parts, such as leaves, roots or flowers)
It’s also important to understand that supplements come in a range of concentrations, doses and combinations (including multivitamins). If you are unsure, ask your healthcare practitioner, nutritionist or naturopath for advice.
Health supplements come in various forms too, including tablets, capsules and even liquid form.
Finding the best dietary supplements for your health needs
Not sure of the best dietary supplements to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals? Targeting specific concerns is key, as everyone is different, so consider the areas you’d like to improve.
For general health and vitality, multivitamins like our A-Z Daily Tablets are a fantastic option for the whole family. Or for female-specific and male-specific health needs, we have a dedicated Women’s Health section, and a Men’s Health section respectively.
You’ll find it easy to shop online at Lindens, as you can browse products based on a variety of health interests – including for beauty, bone and joint health, digestion and healthy gut, immune function, plant-based diet support, sleep and mood, slimming and detox, and more.
Need assistance in choosing the right vitamins and nutritional supplements? Check out our Product Recommender, a handy tool to help you narrow down over 160 different products based on your personal health!