The facts about Vegetable supplements

Updated: December 27, 2012

Is it wise and healthy to take vegetable supplements? 

Are you  consuming vegetable supplements as part of your daily diet?

This article will giver you the honest truth when it comes to vegetable supplements and how they may be affecting you.

vegetable supplements exampleVegetable supplements are becoming increasingly popular, because it helps people get the health benefits from vegetables, without eating them. Vegetable supplements are made out of dehydrated vegetables, juice concentrates or dried vegetables. Such supplements allow people to fill in the gaps of seasonal availability and personal preference. But these supplements do cost money and if you can get all the important and vital vitamins and minerals from fresh vegetables, are vegetable supplements worth it?
If you want to improve your health and fight off dangerous diseases, it is necessary to consume a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. Different vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals, that the body needs. So the more variety you have, the better! And of course in an ideal world, we would all be eating servings of fresh green, red, dark green, dark red, yellow, orange vegetables and fruits. But because of food availability, lifestyle and personal preference, we mostly get only green and red vegetables. And even that is not enough most of the time.

So if you are not getting all the necessary colors of vegetables, then vegetable supplements seem like the obvious choice. By taking supplements of various different vegetables, you get all the vitamins your body needs very easily. Each color of vegetable is associated with a different antioxidant and it is antioxidants which break the chain reaction that leads to cancer. The most well-known antioxidant is vitamin C, but there are many others as well. Vitamin C is vital for the cells of your body, but the body can not make it itself, so you need to get it with food or supplements. Vitamin C can be found in most fruits, dehydrated and fresh vegetables.

The other important antioxidants are known as cartenoids, which are divided into two categories: xanthophylls and carotenes. The human body uses carotenes to create vitamin A. The body needs vitamin A for healthy bones and proper vision. Carotenes can be found in vegetables such as carrots and orange fruits. Large doses of vitamin A supplements can be toxic, but taking beta-carotene supplements is harmless, because the body only uses as much of it as it needs, to generate vitamin A.

The other category of antioxidants are Xanthophylls, which contain zeaxanthin and lutein. Lutein can be found dark green vegetables such as kale and spinach. Lutein is really useful for decreasing age related eye diseases and improving general eye health. Lutein is also available in vegetable supplements which contain dried vegetables kale, broccoli and spinach.

Zeaxanthin sampleZeaxanthin can be found in many common vegetables and fruits like broccoli. It is just as important for eye health as Lutein, but it is more common and easy to get. The antioxidant known as anthocyanins, can be found in purple or dark red vegetables and fruits, like cherries and beets. Evidence has also indicated that anthocyanins can help prevent Type II diabetes in people who have a diet rich in colored vegetables and fruits. The human can easily obtain anthocyanins from dried vegetables, because it remains intact and the body can use it.
Another important antioxidant, which makes the tomatoes so bright red, is Lycopene. People who frequently eat foods rich in Lycopene, reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. And it also lessens the effect of UV light on the skin as well. Lycopene can be found in many vitamin supplements, although you might get a more readily absorbed form from vegetable supplements.

So basically vegetable supplements are very useful for most people, because very few people get all the necessary vitamins and minerals from fresh vegetables and fruits. It is not always very easy to eat all the necessary vegetables that your body needs and supplements are a great way to fill the gap. Of course you number one choice would be to consume fresh vegetables as much as you can. And use vegetable supplements for filling in the gaps. Make sure you get all the different color vegetables and that you consume vegetables or the supplements regularly.

Now that you have discovered the facts regarding vegetable supplements you can start planning your daily nutrition to suit your daily requirements.

NadiaWritten by: Nadia (17 Posts)

Nadia is a life coach and health writer residing in Toronto.

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