How Do Food Supplements Work?

Reviewed on 11/1/2021

HOW DO FOOD SUPPLEMENTS WORK?

Food supplements are made from natural products. They are recommended for medical conditions that require a semi-elemental diet or are used as dietary supplements.

Food supplements are plant-based products that provide required nutrients to the body to prevent or treat nutritional deficiencies. Some of the nutrients that a food supplement is formulated to provide include:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Enzymes
  • Amino acids
  • Hormones

HOW ARE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS USED?

Food supplements are recommended in the following conditions:

They are also recommended as dietary supplements in the management of certain conditions, which include:

  • Depression
  • Megaloblastic anemia

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WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF FOOD SUPPLEMENTS?

Although most food supplements are safe, some of them may occasionally cause the following side effects:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Acne
  • Skin reactions
  • Light sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Tingling sensation
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Irritability
  • Excitement
  • Overactivity
  • Confusion
  • Bloating
  • Weight loss

The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

WHAT ARE NAMES OF FOOD SUPPLEMENTS?

Generic and brand names of food supplements include:

References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/food-supplements

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