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Supplements vs Natural Health Gainers

Written by
Shakti Mishra
and medically reviewed by Preetha J

Published on Apr 06, 2017 and last reviewed on Jun 22, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

Artificial weight gain products are used by people to maintain optimal body weight. This article gives an insight into them and their natural replacements.

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Supplements vs Natural Health Gainers

Introduction:

Most of the youngsters nowadays are very passionate about improving their height and weight. They end up choosing some means, which are not good in the long run. No offense to these products, as they are just doing their work. However, these artificial supplements should be taken in a very precise manner, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Many of us do not see the composition of the products that we buy, the name of the protein powder or supplement misleads to an increased intake of the products. Many of the products promise to give fruitful results, but in reality, they lack nutritional values. We must not forget that these products also contain ingredients and artificial sweeteners which are not required for our bodies. They contain preservatives, which contribute to increasing the bad cholesterol and blood sugar level in the body and might alter the body's vitals. Even though they are an excellent source of energy, they contribute to building and increasing the muscle bulk only, which comes back to their natural form once the supplements are withdrawn.

They cause some hidden hazards to our body, which may be silent but results in alteration of the body's vitals. Shortcut methods should never be followed when health is concerned. There are many products on the market, which look fascinating from the packaging, and teenagers are often attracted to them. Natural products are much more efficient in providing nutritive values to the body. Even though artificial products show an immediate effect in some, people need to realize for how long they will depend upon them. Someday, they will show undesirable outcomes which will not be beneficial to the body.

Gaining weight becomes tough for some people, as they do not have enough time to go through a diet chart. In this world of a sedentary lifestyle, people ought to think about the long-term benefits of the products that they are using and not just blindly follow them. Mother nature has provided us with lots of facilities and food items, which are available in raw form and can be utilized in various ways. Humans should make use of all these elements and can modify them according to their needs.

What Is the Difference Between Nutrition In Food and Supplements?

Although many people are using dietary supplements these days, however, certain studies have proved that supplements like multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C provided no extra benefit or added advantage in the prevention of critical illnesses or premature death. It was also found that folic acid and vitamin B complex may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Some studies have also provided links between excess nutrient intake and their side effects, like increased risk of some cancers.

Another detailed and advanced study done on the nutrients derived from food in 24 hours found the following key points:

The results of the study further support that supplement intake does add to an increased level of the total nutrient intake, yet, all the benefits obtained from food nutrients are not provided by its supplement intake.

Which Foods Are Natural Health Gainers?

Several foods can be considered natural health gainers. Listing out some major fruits and vegetables that can be consumed, which will enhance weight and health together:

Banana: An excellent fruit with vitamin A and vitamin C. Banana, if taken twice daily in the morning and evening, helps gain weight very quickly.

Apple: As it is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, it is true. Having one apple every day helps enhance the immune system of the body. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Taking an apple also helps in maintaining good health and weight.

Dairy Products: Dairy products like milk, cottage cheese, cheese, peanut butter, mayonnaise, yogurt, etc., assist in gaining weight. They are very helpful for those who want to have a quick weight gain.

Sweets and Chocolates: Sweets and chocolates, if taken in the proper amount, also help in gaining weight. However, they should be taken in the recommended amount, or else they will lead to adverse effects on the body.

Brown Rice: It is an excellent way of increasing weight as it is rich in carbohydrates and fiber. It is usually taken by many people.

Nonvegetarian Food: Having salmon and tuna fish every other day and chicken thrice a week can help improve weight. They are also a rich source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and energy.

Egg: Two eggs taken with bread and butter every morning provide protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E and are rich in good cholesterol.

Mixed Fruit Juice: A glass of mixed fruit juice can help maintain a healthy weight along with providing lots of fiber and vitamin C.

Almonds and Apricots: Having 10 to 12 almonds per day and apricots in the evening can help in building muscle mass, provides protein, and increases the energy level.

Conclusion:

Artificial supplements render benefits by adding to the nutrients intake in cases of deficiencies. However, their profit is highly limited when compared to natural foods, and their consumption often causes adverse effects. Supplements are usually advised for the elderly or people with digestive issues. It is also imperative to study and find out the impact of supplemental nutrients on health and mortality before starting their consumption. Natural foods contribute to improving and maintaining a good weight and health, yet, they need to be taken in the right amount and at the right time.

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