To many people the idea of taking pills every day sounds like a drag and possibly even an expensive item they would prefer not have to add onto the monthly budget. But health supplements make sense on all counts. While they are not meant to replace a healthy diet they can help close nutrient gaps and support your health.

Here are some good reasons why you may benefit from taking a health supplement every day.

  1. It’s difficult to get all your required nutrients from food

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) people need to consume a combination of at least 400g of vegetables and fruit every day. According to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), the average South African at present eats less than 200g a day.

We also need to eat at least about 250g of fatty fish per week such as herring, mackerel or pilchards. As the body does not produce omega-3, we need to ingest it – either in food or in a supplement.

  1. Supplements may support your health

Our lifestyles have increasingly become busy and stressed – placing more pressure on the body and its ability to maintain good health. Excessive stress puts strain on the immune system and can result in a weakened immune system, unable to fight infection as it should.

  1. The right supplement can be a cost-effective way to give your body what it needs

Instead of trying to buy all the different kinds of foods, ensuring that they are nutritious and healthy and fresh and then trying to work them into your diet – you can buy one food supplement that contains a combination of omega-3 fatty acids as well as carotenoids and vitamin E, for example.

This article was compiled on behalf of the developers of Omega Caro-E: A novel, locally produced and CANSA-approved supplement containing a patented blend of fish oil, 11 different carotenes and five different forms of vitamin E.

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