What are food supplements?

Food supplements are classified as over-the-counter drugs (OTC), whereas special nutrition products are classified as special foods.
Although you may buy these without prescription, it is better if you first consult a health specialist, physician, pharmacist or dietician on how to use and integrate them to your daily routine in the most effective way. It is best to prefer products that have been approved by the National Organization for Medicines (NOM). In case you are using herbs, prefer those with titles, of pharmaceutical purity and stability, so as to be sure about their origin as well as their exact quantity of the active substance you intake.

I think I follow a healthy diet. Why should I use food supplements?

The modern way of life, the degraded food quality, the poor nutritional value of foods, bad eating habits and fast foods, intense and constant stress all lead to the use of food supplements. Even if we adopt a theoretically balanced diet, our body would not be fueled with all the necessary nutrients, since food vitamins are particularly sensitive and can be easily destroyed. Clearly, the consumption of a multivitamin supplement offers nutritional support.

How can I tell if I need a multivitamin food supplement?

Assess your state and judge accordingly. If you often say to yourself:
"I feel weak", "I need stimulation", "I am ineffective", "my immune system is low" or "I get ill easily", "I cannot concentrate", "I am susceptible to infections, colds and the flu", "my skin is dull/looks unhealthy" "my vision is tired" and "I am stressed all the time"
…then do something good for your health and well-being. Start with a food supplement with the necessary vitamins, anti-oxidants and metals as well as key-ingredients for energy & stimulation as Panax Ginseng & co-enzyme Q10.

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are natural substances in absence of which life is impossible, as they are required for a series of chemical processes in the body. As the human body is unable to combine these organic substances itself, it has to obtain them either through foods or through balanced food supplements. One of the basic functions of vitamins is that they respond to those chemical reactions of the body that transform food ingredients (fat, carbohydrates, proteins) to energy. Even a slight, borderline lack of these vitamins in the body can cause symptoms of faintness, decreased activity, bad mood, irritation, unjustified stress, tendency to sleepiness, sensitivity to colds etc.
The human body obtains the vitamins required for living mainly from food and balanced food supplements.

What are metals & trace elements?

Metals and trace elements are also substances required for many processes of the human body. It is typical that many enzymes cannot function without the assistance of metals.
Our body is not able to produce not even a metal or trace element and is absolutely based on either nutrition or balanced food supplements to cover its daily needs.

What is RDA?

The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is the average daily intake of vitamins, metals and trace elements that covers nutritional needs of almost all healthy adults.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are substances (electrically charged atoms or particles), that are considered harmful and dangerous when high levels of them are found in the body.
Air pollution, sunlight, smoking, constant stress, poor diet, drug abuse cause cell oxidation, thus promoting the formation of free radicals. The increased production of free radicals disrupts cell proteins, altering their morphology and identity. Cell membrane rupture may occur resulting to early death of the cell or risky mutations. Many studies and research have shown that free radicals are associated with the outbreak and increase of heart diseases, cancer, cataract, chronic arthritis, disseminated sclerosis, skin aging and generally premature aging of the body as a whole.

How can we protect ourselves from the harmful consequences of free radicals?

Our body's defense against free radicals are antioxidant substances. These substances have the ability to neutralize free radicals effectively and transform them to other non-harmful substances.
Therefore, to protect and preserve our health it is of special importance, that our body is sufficiently supplied with fat-soluble and water-soluble substances. The main antioxidant substances are vitamin C, vitamin E, provitamin A or b-carotene, trace element Selenium and co-enzyme Q10 as well as ginseng extract. Lutein and zeaxanthin are also strong antioxidant substances.

Do food supplements cause weight gain?

Multivitamin supplements do not contain calories therefore they do not cause weight gain. On the contrary, the opposite happens more frequently; a possible shortage of vitamins or metals in the body may cause water retention and affect metabolism in a negative way.

For how long should I use my food supplement?

Food supplements consumption should be daily and constant for at least three months in order to benefit the most.

What is the best time of the day to take my food supplement?

In the morning, during breakfast time, is considered the ideal time of the day. (Avoid intake on an empty stomach). Time of intake depends mainly on the way of life as well as your daily schedule.

I am pregnant, may I consume food supplements?

There are specialized food supplements to cover the special nutritional needs of pregnant women and nursing mothers. In any case, you should consult your personal physician or your pharmacist.