March 25, 2014


yang bertanya , perlu ke ambil suplemen. Tak cukup ke sumber vitamin yang ada dalam sayur dan buah-buahan. Saya selalu makan masak di rumah. Orang yang suka
makan dekat luar perlu la ambil suplemen.

biasanya persoalan & hujah daripada setiap individu.

menjawab persoalan;

saya perlu mengambil suplemen?”

tahu kenapa kita mungkin memerlukan suplemen?”

Kenapa suplemen ada peranan penting buat kita masa kini?”

baca.. artikel daripada The Star, ruangan Kesihatan (Health) yang ditulis oleh
Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin.

Sunday September 16, 2012

I need supplements?


Dietary supplements may not be for everyone, but they could have a
role to play in your life.

title of this article poses one of the most frequently-asked questions by
people today.

we become more concerned about our nutritional well-being, we are
understandably worried about whether we are getting proper nourishment from the
food that we eat.

only do our busy and stressful lifestyles prevent us from eating well, but even
the food in our markets and supermarket shelves may no longer be the healthiest
sources of nutrients.

to these reasons, it is no wonder that I hear the question “Do I need
supplements?” so often. Dietary supplements may not be for everyone, but they
could have a role to play in your life, depending on the quality of food that
you eat every day.

are a few reasons that supplements may be necessary for you.

Quality of soil and crops

idea of dietary supplements is to make up for nutrient deficiencies in our diet
– often deficiencies of micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals, instead of
macronutrients, which are quite abundant in our food.

and minerals cannot be made in our body, therefore we have to obtain them from
the food that we eat.

foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains, are one of the main
sources of minerals, as plants absorb minerals from the soil that they are
grown in.

did you know that even if you eat plenty of plant foods, you may not be getting
as much minerals as you think you should?

is because our soil is becoming increasingly depleted of minerals, due to the
land being used repeatedly for agriculture. When plants are grown over and over
again in the same soil, the mineral content of the soil decreases over time –
much like a well that becomes empty after you keep drinking the water from it.

a result, most agricultural soils today are low in zinc, manganese, chromium,
molybdenum, calcium and magnesium. Research shows that this can lead to up to a
75% decrease in the trace minerals in plant foods.

make matters worse, the intensive form of farming taking place today has
further reduced the level of nutrients in crops. High yield crops contain less
nutrients because the crops are competing for nutrients from a finite amount of

instance, wheat farmers today plant 10 times the amount of wheat on the same
land, compared to the amount grown 100 years ago. As a result, today’s wheat
consists of only 6% protein, half of the 12-14% level from a century ago.

can counteract this problem by eating organic fruits and vegetables as much as
possible. Organic farmers practise “crop rotation” to reduce the likelihood of
soil depletion, although this does not completely prevent soil depletion.

Modern fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides

modern fertilisers came into the picture, farmers would use manure to encourage
crops to grow better. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case as manure has
been replaced by superphosphate fertilisers, which contain mainly nitrogen,
potassium and phosphorus.

fertilisers are used for the purpose of stimulating crops to grow, but as they
do not contain trace minerals that are vital for health, they do not serve to
enrich the crops.

use of pesticides and herbicides further deteriorates the soil content, as they
kill the microorganisms living in the soil that make minerals and other
nutrients available to plants.

we ingest traces of these pesticides when we eat plant foods, our bodies need
more nutrients to remove these toxins. This places a heavy toll on the body,
which is already deprived of micronutrients.

Food transportation and processing

was the last time you ate fresh produce, harvested just hours or days before it
reached your dining table? Chances are, it was so long ago that you don’t
remember anymore.

much of our produce today is imported, the food often takes days or weeks from
the time it is harvested until it reaches our supermarkets or markets.

vitamins are unstable and are easily destroyed when exposed to environmental
factors like heat and light. Therefore, by the time the food is handled,
packaged, transported by airplane, train or truck and unpacked on our shelves,
it has lost a lot of its nutritional value.

food processing causes a lot of nutrients to be lost, particularly minerals.

consume a lot of refined, processed, canned and frozen food today for
convenience and economic reasons, but they are far less nutritious than fresh
and natural food.

process of refining wheat to make white flour removes 80% of magnesium, 70-80%
of zinc, 87% of chromium, 88% of manganese and 50% of cobalt.

polished rice causes 75% of zinc and chromium to be lost, while making white
sugar from sugar cane causes 99% of magnesium and 93% of chromium to be lost.

use of food additives, such as artificial flavours, colours, conditioners,
stabilisers and preservatives, can also deplete the body of nutrients.

Unhealthy lifestyle

of the biggest reasons that many of us do not meet our daily nutrient requirements
– in the right proportion – is that we lead very unhealthy lifestyles.

often skip meals and then binge on one heavy meal to make up for it, or make
poor food choices that do not provide the variety of nutrients we need.

you get through the day on coffee, soft drinks, instant noodles, doughnuts and
chocolates, you are certainly deprived of a lot of important nutrients.

stress levels will also deplete nutrients, including calcium, magnesium and
zinc. Stress also overstimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes
poor digestion and weak absorption of nutrients.

as we age, it is inevitable that our bodies will produce fewer enzymes that are
needed to properly digest the food that we eat. That is why older people tend
to be vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies.

Supplementing a healthy diet

came by their name because they were meant to complement or enhance the daily
diet, not replace it. Fundamentally, you still need to eat a healthy, balanced
diet consisting of a variety of foods.

supplements will come in useful if the fruits, vegetables and plant foods that
you eat are of poor quality (due to depleted soil, as explained above) and
cannot provide an optimum amount of nutrients.

may also need supplements if you are going through a particularly stressful
period and your body needs a helping hand to meet its nutrient requirements and
balance the hormone levels.

you are pregnant, lactating, elderly, vegetarian or have a chronic illness, you
are likely to have special nutritional needs which may not be met by your diet

you cannot rely on supplements forever. They are useful to help you get through
a tough period and bring your body back to balance, but you have to be able to
maintain good nutritional health through natural means.

advice from a dietitian or pharmacist before purchasing dietary supplements, so
that you do not overdose on nutrients or consume poor quality – or even toxic –

you know what it feels like to get all the nutrients you need, you will start
to pay more attention to your diet and lifestyles.

Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar is a consultant obstetrician &
gynaecologist (FRCOG, UK). For further information, visit
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Clear semua? Ni bukan saya yang kata ,tapi pakar yang kata.

zaman dulu memang tak perlu ambil suplemen , ayam pelihara sendiri , sayur
tanam  sendir, sains tak maju lagi dalam
ubah suai genetik.

ni nak cari ayam yang tak kena cucuk macam bukan senang je. Sayur confirm beli
dekat supermarket. Toksin dah bertambah-tambah dalam badan.

anda pilih nak makan sihat @ makan sedap .

mahal asal makan sihat , kerana apa yang paling mahal adalah kesihatan kita

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