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FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Food supplements are defined as concentrated sources of nutrients or other approved food substances with a nutritional or physiological effect.

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Food supplements are defined as concentrated sources of nutrients or other approved food substances with a nutritional or physiological effect.

What exactly are food supplements?

They are generally used in the form of a treatment that can be one-off or repeated. The most common forms are capsules and tablets.

They should not be confused with medicines! Both are available at chemists, but their purpose is not the same. Medicines give an instruction to the body by introducing a chemical molecule in order to treat an illness. They generally have medical contra-indications and possible undesirable side effects. Food supplements supplement the normal dietary regime of people who want to retain health and well-being. They rebalance the body by providing it with essential ingredients which are traditionally known aids and used in nutritional dose form, so explaining their good tolerance.

1 - What exactly are food supplements?

  • They are generally used in the form of a treatment that can be one-off or repeated. The most common forms are capsules and tablets.
  • They should not be confused with medicines! Both are available at chemists, but their purpose is not the same. Medicines give an instruction to the body by introducing a chemical molecule in order to treat an illness. They generally have medical contra-indications and possible undesirable side effects. Food supplements supplement the normal dietary regime of people who want to retain health and well-being. They rebalance the body by providing it with essential ingredients which are traditionally known aids and used in nutritional dose form, so explaining their good tolerance.



2 - Who are they for?

Food supplements are for healthy men and women of all ages who want to control their well-being. Their type of action depends on the ingredients selected and will govern their sphere of efficacy. They therefore respond to defined physiological situations:

  • A pregnant woman may benefit from supplementary vitamins and minerals. In this case, medical monitoring is necessary and essential in order to manage the treatment.
  • For a 10-12 year old child, a probiotic/vitamin based food supplement may boost the immune system for better protection in the winter months and so mean fewer colds and other season related problems.
  • A young woman suffering from water retention may be helped by a body draining treatment encouraging renal elimination of water and resulting in a less bloated feeling and improved comfort.
  • A man or woman who is overworked and stressed may use a food supplement that respects the body’s biological rhythms and works on solving the global problem: fatigue, stress, sleep … for better effectiveness over 24 hours.
  • A 50-55 year old woman can find in food supplements a natural solution to reduce hot flushes experienced during the menopause and so avoid a hormonal treatment she doesn’t necessarily want.
  • A 60-65 year old man or woman will be able to boost concentration and memory using natural formulas providing essential nutrients to the brain and nervous tissue. 


​Ask your chemist or doctor if you are uncertain or have any questions. 

3 - What are the ingredients in food supplements?

  • The most well known are vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids, PUFA (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids), plants, probiotics.
  • These substances are scientifically recognised and used in the right dose to be effective.
  • The detailed composition of formulas is given on food supplement packs.
  • There are also other substances known as excipients or carriers, needed to develop a product.
  • All substances used are approved and controlled.


4 - How are they controlled?

Food supplements are controlled through precise legislation:

  • Official French and European authorities (the French Agency for Food Safety – ANSES; the General Directorate for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud – DGCCRF; the European Food Safety Authority – EFSA) are there to approve and control food supplements, their ingredients and the properties they claim, in accordance with the regulations in force.
  • The quality, safety and efficacy of food supplements are often guaranteed by means of scientific checks and clinical studies carried out by independent bodies.

Overall, food supplements play an important role in terms of the body’s balance and correct functioning. They are a real asset for our well-being. Their action is increased when combined with a balanced, varied diet and healthy lifestyle.

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