Supplements vs. Foods
For years, supplements or complementary medicines have been used to assist certain health conditions or deficiencies, with over 60% of Australians using some type of supplement. In 2016, the complimentary medicine industry had a reported revenue of $4.7 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2014. There is no doubt the supplement industry has ingrained themselves into the lives of the Australian public.
What we are currently seeing is a trend in controlled diets and nutrition towards natural, whole foods, as a way to combat the huge problem of obesity and other chronic health problems such as Diabetes.
It is important to note the differences between supplements and foods. A supplement is something that is taken to help remedy any deficiencies in a person’s diet. Although supplements can help, the best “remedy” is to incorporate a healthier diet. Whole foods have all the nutrients and vitamins you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy diet alone can improve overall gut health, which is widely known to have many positive outcomes for overall health. Gut health is a function of what we eat and drink. What we do know is that unprocessed natural foods and drinks give better outcomes. Routinely having too many supplements can have a serious negative effect on your health. For example, excess iron can cause vomiting and damage to the liver or other organs.
A recent study has highlighted that nutrition from food sources is associated with general better heath.
11 Apr 2019 --- An adequate intake of certain nutrients is associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality when the nutrient source is food, but not supplements. This is according to a Tufts University study, which also identified that there was no association between dietary supplement use and a lower risk of death.
The study is clear in affirming what was already known; that common supplements may offer no constant and long-term health benefits, and that a healthy diet is and should always be the preferred method of dietary intake. Although supplements do contribute to an increased level of nutrient intake and have been shown to help some people, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that are not seen with supplements.
We at MediKane believe that food and diet control is a key component that can assist with many chronic conditions - particularly diabetes. Our product, NutriKane D, has been registered as a whole plant and natural food under Food Standards Australia & New Zealand. It is available in a dose (via a sachet) that has proven to help lower blood sugar levels-appropriate for those suffering gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
NutriKane D is a simple and easy way to assist a controlled diet. It helps kick start a diet and many people see results within days. They see and/or feel a difference
When taking supplements, it is advised to seek advice from a medical professional. More info here.