1. Identify 3 specific circumstances a person may need a supplement. List and explain why each supplement is recommended.
A person may need a nutritional supplement to replenish depleted or satisfy high requirement of certain nutrients in the body. Every person has some genetic weaknesses of some sort. These weaknesses include higher demands of various nutrients by the body or elevated rates of depletion of some nutrients by the body due to some genetic diseases. Therefore, one needs the nutritional supplements with increased concentrations of the nutrients to compensate the highly utilized nutrients or to provide the body with the necessary nutrients that is in high demand.
A person may also need supplements during special conditions at some point in time for example during pregnancy. These particular periods and subsequent health conditions might result in elevated requirements of certain nutrients. For instance, during pregnancy, folic acid requirements are inclined to be higher while menopausal women could be susceptible to calcium deficits.
The third reason is aiding an individual to have a balanced diet. Food processing methods, overcooking, and food preserving methods result in nutrient exhaustion in foods most people ingest. Therefore, this makes it hard to acquire sufficient nutrition from the food supplies alone. Hence supplements requirement, (Grosvenor and Smolin, 2009).
2. How would you rate the NIH website as being user friendly? Explain
In a scale of 1- 10 with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest scores, then the NIH website is at 8.The website is easily accessible with all the information one needs provided without unnecessary redirections. The site also provides counselling and consultancy services which helps one to make decisions on using supplements. It also provides customer protection service, which has a blacklist of bad, supplements as well as giving recommendations on good ones. There is it user friendly.
3. Explain why it would be beneficial for someone to visit the NIH website prior to taking supplements
The site provides the necessary dependable information about the utility, efficiency, safety, and value of dietary supplements that can help one in choosing and deciding on the best way to go. It also provides information on blacklisted supplements and gives tips on how to find good ones.
4. Given the abundance and conflicting nature of information now available about dietary supplements, some people may need help to sort the reliable information from questionable information. Name 3 tips that the National Institute of Health recommends for those interested in taking supplements.
The site first recommends that a person should not self diagnose any health condition. It also recommends that one should liaise with a health care provider in establishing how to realize the best optimal health. It also recommends that an individual should always confirm with the provider prior to using a supplement, particularly when mixing or replacing them with other foods or drugs. In addition, the site also recommends that one should seek on-line for information about the dietary supplements. It also provides a list of reliable sites for one to look at.
5. Name and explain one of the dietary supplements that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have put on the warnings and safety information list.
The FDA has put several dietary supplements on the warnings and safety information list due to confirmed grave side effects. These comprise supplements products that might include aristolochic acid. According to FDA, the exploit of these products have been linked with nephropathy. Nephropathy is a condition that affects the kidney (NIH).
6. Find a dietary supplement advertised on the internet and answer 3 questions the National Institute of Health recommends when reviewing the health information on the internet. Provide the name and URL for the dietary supplement
Who runs the Web site?
Airborne Inc. owns it.
Who pays for the Web site?
It is .com site thus it is a commercial organization.
What is the purpose of the Web site?
The purpose is to provide the highest quality, most innovative immune-support supplements on the market.
What is the original source of the information on the Web site?
How is the information on the Web site documented?
It has quoted the FDA.
How is information reviewed before it is posted on the Web site?
The Web site contains fact sheets about vitamins on the “WHAT’s IN IT” segment..
How current is the information on the Web site?
How does the Web site choose links to other sites?
There is no link to other sites.
What information about users does the Web site collect, and why?
There is a section within the site, where individuals are supposed to provide feedbacks.
How does the Web site manage interactions with users?
There is a section within the site, where individuals are supposed to provide feedbacks
Grosvenor, M. B., and Smolin, L.A., (2009) Visualizing Nutrition: Everyday Choices › Visit Amazon's Mary B. Grosvenor Page
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NIH,Making Decisions retrived fom http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/Health_Information/Health_Information.aspx