- Food additives - basic classification
Herbal medicine has no age. From reliable sources it is known that the ancient Egyptians used to maintain the health of many plants, and at that time there was already a complete collection of medicinal herbs that have been used for healing. However, useful materials may be found not only in medicinal plants, but also in food. Fruits, vegetables, cereals - they all contain essential vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fiber. All plants are not drugs, many of them contain beneficial compounds necessary for our body. They form the basis of food additives.
In today's market there is a huge number of different supplements. Some help to get rid of fatigue, others prepare the skin for the summer tan, and others contribute to weight loss. They are available in tablets, powders, capsules, solutions. But they should be particularly careful not to overestimate their strength, paying attention to side effects.
Food additives - are products whose purpose is to supplement the normal diet of a person. They are a concentrated source of nutrients or other substances with nutritious or physiological effect, alone or in combination. Taking nutritional supplements can be in various forms: capsules, tablets, pastilles, ampoules, sachets for brewing.
Food additives are called different products. These may be conventional foods or their components, e.g., an extract of carrots. Nutrients: vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C or calcium. Plants and their extracts, tea bags with dry mixes for the preparation of decoctions or infusions. They can also be foods with nutritional or physiological property of proteins, fatty acids, antioxidants, for example, trace elements such as selenium.
In any case, nutritional supplements are not drugs, and when administered do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
Vitamins are substances absolutely necessary to the human body, even if we are talking about very small amounts. Vitamins except vitamin D, can not be synthesized in the body itself, and therefore should be present in the diet or in supplements. Necessarily need the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12), vitamin C and vitamin E, and vitamin A and vitamin D. In a word, vitamins are widely used as food additives.
Minerals and trace elements (trace elements)
As for minerals, the selenium and magnesium out of competition. One element is at a premium for its powerful antioxidant properties, and the other - for its ability to restore energy and strength. But apart from their use in dietary supplements, and other trace elements calcium, carotene, chromium, copper or iron. Each of them finds a place in a complex dietary supplement, restoring the beauty of the skin, making the bones and joints strong and healthy. Of course, we can not forget about zinc, which is essential for the skin.
Proteins, fatty acids and amino acids
More original, but too common, this dietary supplements based on amino acids, such as omega-3 contained in fish, vegetable oils, and whose positive effect on mood and heart work hard to overestimate. It is also often speak of creatinine, which is included in the list of food additives.
Conjugated linoleic acid "dries up" muscles by preventing fat absorption, but also interferes with the absorption of proteins and fatty acids.
The list of plants which are used in food additives, infinite. Plant extracts, dried leaves, flowers are used in accordance with its direct and most efficient property. For example, for those who want to lose weight, most will approach fennel, artichoke
Artichoke and its medical application: help the liver and gall bladder
, Green tea, guarana, ginger, black radishes. These toxins have draining effect, deduce the excess fluid, reduce cellulite, improve metabolism
Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting
It burns calories.
Also in the nutritional supplements may contain preservatives, flavoring agents, which have to be indicated on the label. If suddenly you have an allergy to some substance, carefully read the composition.
The effect of food additives
Food additives allow to show a positive effect due to the variety of materials in their composition, their mutually reinforcing action. And if once it was possible to discover dietary supplement, which contains magnesium and vitamin B6, now a part can enter dozen different components for maximum efficiency. Among them are the real 'stars'.
Antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin C, E, zinc, needed in the diet to restore health is impaired as a result of stress. And additives which contain these substances very much.
Slimming effect provide components, burn calories, fats, as well as putting out the excess fluid
How to withdraw excess fluid from the body - all sorts of ways
excreted. But beware of taking such supplements. They will not be able to provide a quality weight loss without changing the way of life that includes proper nutrition and physical activity.
For as long as possible to keep a tan, apply special supplements, and it should be done well before the departure of the beach - from the spring. The main active ingredients of dietary supplements - carotenoids (found in carrots and tomatoes). They efficiently prepare the skin to tan, but in any case not override the need to use sunscreen.
The components have a calming effect
Passion flower, valerian, hawthorn, linden, verbena ... Who does not know these plants, which are widely known for their soothing properties! Additives take them to sleep better to keep quiet and to effectively deal with daily stress
How to beat stress? Create an oasis
. Finally, always pressing against cocktails fatigue which give strength and energy magnesium, guarana, and ginseng.
Do not confuse the dietary supplements that contain beneficial agents with drugs, which also can contain them and which are accepted in therapeutic doses. It is best to purchase a particular supplements consult your doctor, who will talk about the advantages and possible risks and contraindications for you personally.