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What are food supplements for and what are they?

Food supplements or also called food supplements have a very specific purpose, they are substances of various kinds that serve to complete your diet by adding nutrients such as vitamins or minerals, reducing the possible health risks that may appear. A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, adequate protein, and healthy fats should normally provide all the nutrients needed for good health.

The food supplement can be found in the form of:

  • Pills
  • Powders
  • Tablets
  • Capsules in gel
  • Extracts or liquids

and you don't need a doctor's prescription or prescription to purchase a supplement.

People, especially sportsmen, take dietary supplements for various reasons:

  • To lose or gain weight
  • To restore lost nutrients
  • To build more muscle tissue
  • To support physical functions such as vision
  • To improve sleep
  • To increase energy.

Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need. However, some people don't get enough vitamins and minerals especially for those who play a lot of sport, so supplementing is necessary.

Do dietary supplements cause side effects? Is there any contraindication?

At high doses, some substances can have negative effects and can become harmful to your body. To safeguard the health of the buyers, the supplements can therefore only be legally sold with an appropriate recommendation on the permitted daily dose and a warning statement not to exceed this dose, respecting the guidelines there will be no danger.

Taking an excessive dose of a dietary supplement or combining multiple supplements can be extremely dangerous. An overdose of stimulant products could raise your blood pressure to dangerously high levels, putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Taking fat-blocking supplements along with laxatives or diuretics could cause diarrhea, fluid loss, and electrolyte imbalance. Abusing products that carry a risk of liver or kidney damage only increases the possibility of life-threatening organ failure.

Additionally, some vitamins and minerals can affect the absorption or efficacy of some medications (including blood thinners, some antacids, and antibiotics). Be sure to read prescription and over-the-counter drug labels carefully and talk to your doctor about all medications and supplements you take and potential interactions.

When should food supplements be taken, before or after meals?

With all the dietary supplements on the market, it becomes difficult to determine when is the most appropriate time to take them. The labels of various products generally recommend taking them with meals, which increases your body's ability to absorb the substances contained within them much more. This also reduces the risk of nausea and stomach upset.

For the fat soluble vitamins that is for vitamins A, D, E and K it is recommended to take them after a meal to allow your stomach to better absorb them and reduce irritation.

Each vitamin has a different functioning, people will decide the most appropriate moment of the day to take them according to their needs.

Always take your supplement and follow the directions on the label. To enhance the absorption phase, some dietary supplements should be taken with food; others are recommended to be taken on an empty stomach. Fat-soluble vitamins should be taken with a meal containing some type of fat to aid in absorption.

Description of food supplements

It is important to premise that food supplements do not replace a diet, but add (integrate) elements that are important for the proper functioning of the human body.

There are several types of natural herbal supplements that help the body balance body weight and support metabolism.

Dietary supplements contain a concentrated form of various nutrients that are absorbed by our body. They can include vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, amino acids and enzymes.

Fgm04 offers different types of supplements:

  • Diet Protein Meal Replacement
  • liquid supplements
  • Capsule

The immune system involves many different cells, tissues, and organs that work cooperatively to protect us from foreign bodies, infections, and other diseases. It can only function best in the presence of adequate nutrients.

Uses

The meal replacement should be taken 1 or maximum 2 times a day. 2 scoops are enough for lunch or dinner, for a snack, however, only one is enough.

We recommend taking 20 to 40 mL of  liquid supplement per day, adding plenty of water.

The capsules should be taken with plenty of water, you can take 2-3 a day.

These are generic and general indications, for each product refer to the instruction booklet included.

Ingredients and Active Principles

The most frequent substances contained in our products are the following:

Aloe vera: is a thick, short-stemmed plant whose leaves store water. Aloe vera juice is rich in nutrients, it contains important vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B, C, E and folic acid which are useful for our body. Aloe vera also contains numerous enzymes that help the breakdown of sugars and fats facilitating digestive processes. It also helps reduce irritation to the stomach and intestines by acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Pineapple: contains antioxidants, and therefore reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Furthermore, it is rich in enzymes that facilitate digestion after eating.

Bitter Orange: is the type of orange commonly used to make orange marmalade. Bitter orange oils, extracts and supplements are taken because they are healthy. It facilitates weight loss, promotes digestion, prevents fungal skin infections and improves blood pressure levels.

Folic acid: is a type of vitamin B found normally in foods such as dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole grain products, liver, asparagus, beets, broccoli, sprouts Brussels and spinach. It also prevents neural tube defects and cancer. It also helps reduce levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory molecule linked to the development of heart disease.

Artemisia: is a genus of small herbs or shrubs found in northern temperate regions. It belongs to the important plant family Asteraceae. It is useful for treating cough, stomach and intestinal disorders, colds, measles, diabetes, yellowed skin, anxiety, irregular heartbeat and muscle weakness.

Burdock: Burdock root is a vegetable native to northern Asia and Europe, although it now also grows in the United States. The roots of the plant are very deep and long, with a brown or black color on the outside. This element is a concentrate of antioxidants capable of removing toxins present in the blood, moreover, it helps the inhibition of some types of cancer.

Birch: birch sap is rich in numerous amino acids, minerals, enzymes, proteins, antioxidants and vitamins, it is excellent in smoothies and is effective as a post-workout moisturizer thanks to the electrolytes it contains.

Bioflavonoids: they are contained in the peel of citrus fruits, in the rose hip or in the black currant. Bioflavonoids have been used in alternative medicine as an aid to boost vitamin C, to improve blood circulation and as an antioxidant to treat allergies, viruses or arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

Coffee Green: What is the color of a coffee bean? After roasting it turns brown, before it is green. Here are some of the benefits that green coffee brings to your body: it helps to lose weight, normalizes blood sugar and has anti-aging properties and finally improves energy levels, concentration and mood.

Milk Thistle: Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle. Silymarin is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is used as a natural treatment for those with liver problems such as cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis and gallbladder disorders.

Macerated Chestnut: there are several benefits that chestnuts have on our body. They reduce cholesterol levels and stabilize blood sugar levels, plus they contain fat-soluble B vitamins that promote healthy skin, produce red blood cells, and improve brain function.

Centella: is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals, which provide powerful nutrients for the skin. Amino acids are a great moisturizing ingredient to soothe rough, irritated skin. It also lowers blood sugar levels, helps heal wounds, and improves mood.

L-carnitine: is an amino acid that performs very important functions that improve athletic performance. It is the nutrient, which carries fatty acids from the blood to the mitochondria, the energy that produces "furnaces" in cells. It also helps improve endurance by inhibiting the buildup of lactic acid, a major cause of fatigue during exercise.

Fenugreek: One of the most common reasons men use fenugreek supplements is to increase testosterone levels. Fenugreek may also help metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, it can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Phosphatidylcholine: is a phospholipid attached to a particle of choline. Phospholipids contain fatty acids, glycerol and phosphorus. They help relieve the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, which can cause inflammation in the digestive tract. It also promotes lipolysis, i.e. the breakdown of fat in the body. Too much fat can cause the formation of lipomas, painful and benign fatty tumors. Most are surgically removed.

Griffonia: Your body uses it to make serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between nerve cells. Increases serotonin levels reducing depression. 5-HTP can increase feelings of fullness, causing you to eat less and lose weight. Weight loss can increase the production of hormones that make you feel hungry.

Vitamin B: affects the immune response. the body requires B vitamins to make immune cells. There are several types of B-complex vitamins that prevent disease and boost the immune system, including pyridoxine (B6) thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and others. These vitamins are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Food is supposed to be the primary source of B vitamins, but various factors could lead to a deficiency of these vitamins, including lack of a varied diet (including food sources rich in B vitamins). Foods such as green vegetables, beef liver, tuna, salmon, grains, onion, chicken and chickpeas are excellent sources of vitamin B6.

Green tea: originally from China and India, it has been used worldwide for centuries for its health benefits. The consumption of green tea is associated with a reduction in mortality from all causes, including cardiovascular disease, it also helps keep cholesterol levels low and promotes weight loss. Some studies have shown the positive effects of green tea on different types of cancer

Rhodiola rosea: decreases stress, fights fatigue, helps reduce symptoms of depression, also improves brain function.

Lecithin: lowers cholesterol, improves heart health, aids digestion and finally can fight the symptoms of dementia.