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All about Supplements: Building body consuming a tablet

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Sagar Tewatia – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th April 2022

Since life has increased its speed and people are running out of time, these circumstances have created a situation where we don’t have time to provide the required nutrition to our body through natural food to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and also most people are always in search of some magical pills which can make their work easy and get the effects quickly, and that’s where supplements take place.

Whether it’s about multivitamins or protein, most of the nutrition we supply to our body is in supplements, but are you sure that the supplements you are using are required?

If not, this article will help you in understanding the supplements.

What is a supplement?

A supplement, also known as a dietary supplement, is a manufactured product planned to supplement one’s diet by taking a pill, capsule, tablet, powder, or liquid. A supplement can supply nutrients either extracted from food sources or synthetic to boost the quantity of their consumption.

 Effectiveness of supplements?

Some dietary supplements can help you get good essential nutrients if you don’t eat a healthy variety of foods. Regardless, supplements can’t take the place of the variety of foods that are essential to a healthy diet. 

Few dietary supplements are really helpful in improving overall health and helping manage some health conditions. 

For example: 

Calcium and vitamin D helps in keeping bones strong and reduce bone loss. 

Folic acid reduces the chance of certain birth defects.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils might help some people with heart-related diseases. 

A combination of vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin (known as AREDS) may slow down further eyesight loss in individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 

 Few dietary supplements help save time.  

 For example: 

 1 scoop of whey protein delivers approximately 20-25 grams of protein  

1 scoop of mass gainer delivers approximately 300 calories

Safety and Risk

Many supplements hold active components that can have strong effects on the body. Always be alert to a bad reaction, specifically when taking a new product.

We are most likely to have side effects from dietary supplements if we take them in excess amounts instead of prescribed medicines or take many additional supplements. 

Also, manufacturers may add vitamins, minerals, and other supplement ingredients to the foods items we eat, especially in breakfast cereals and beverages. As a result, we may get more of these ingredients than the requirement, and more might not be better. However, taking more than we need costs more and might also raise our risk of side effects. 

For example, too much consumption of vitamin A can cause headaches and liver damage, reduce bone power, and cause birth imperfections. An excess amount of iron can cause nausea and vomiting and affect the liver and other organs.

 Be careful about taking dietary supplements if you are pregnant, and also, be careful about giving supplements to a child unless their healthcare experts recommend them. Many supplements have not been well tested for safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children.

 Apart from these factors, quality is also one of the concerning factors.

If we are consuming a fake supplement, the risk factors are high.

How to identify fake supplements?

 There are multiple ways to identify whether the supplement is fake or not, but we still suggest you buy it from an authorised store or from a verified website.

 Things to check the genuineness of supplement

  1. Importer’s seal – the most famous brands of fitness supplements revolving in our country are foreign brands imported from abroad. An original supplement must contain an importer seal through which that product is imported into the country. Most brands list on their website who are the importers in that particular country for their brand
  2. Spelling mistake – A duplicate/fake supplement is likely to contain any spelling mistake on its packaging or box. For ex- Spelling of isolate can be icolate. So always check on the box if there is any spelling mistake.
  3. Check the seal – If you open up a jar and there is no seal or a loosely fitted seal, chances are that it’s a fake product. Original supplements are properly sealed in factories. 
  4. Price label – An original product contains a detailed price label with MRP mentioned, but if it has a temporarily glued sticker, chances are that it’s a fake product.
  5. Check the hologram – There will always be a hologram on the box of the brand or company name on a genuine product. Inspect the hologram before purchasing. 

Takeaway

First, you have to identify that you really need supplements, and if yes, check with your healthcare expert and get the details, i.e., quantity, list of supplements, will it suit you, etc. 

Before starting using a supplement, check its quality, whether it’s genuine or not.

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H.R College students reach out to cancer patients, help them with medicinal, financial and emotional support

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22nd November 2022, Mumbai Uncensored:

The Student United Way chapter in HR College collaborated with V Care Foundation, an NGO with the objective to provide free medical, financial and emotional support to cancer warriors and their family members under the guidance of V Care Foundation’s professional patronage. The students got the opportunity to interact and assist the cancer patients in their fight against the disease. The financial help given to them was utilised to fund their daily medicinal and basic hygienic needs.

Student United Way of H.R. College (SUW) is a student body extension of United Way (Mumbai); an International NGO that focuses on social welfare, especially in the fields of education, health, and environment. Students from the college volunteer for the various events the NGO conducts around the city. SUW conducts several general body meetings throughout the year to prepare for the calendar of events and chalks out a concrete plan to implement the projects in the pipeline.

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Marburg Virus kills two people, the first cases confirmed in Ghana.

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Khushi Thapa, Mumbai Uncensored, 21st July 2022:

Ghana officially confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus, a highly contagious disease comparable to Ebola, on Sunday, after two patients who subsequently died tested positive for the virus earlier this month.

On July 10, tests carried out in Ghana revealed positive results; however, the World Health Organization stated that the cases had to be confirmed by a laboratory in Senegal.

Ghana Health Service (GHS) released a statement saying that additional testing at the Institute Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal, “has validated the results.”

Despite the fact that none of the contacts has yet shown any symptoms, GHS is taking steps to lessen the chance of the virus spreading, including isolating all of them.

The Marburg virus has just recently spread to West Africa twice. Guinea reported the region’s first incidence of the virus last year, but no other cases have been found.\

“(Ghanaian) health authorities have responded swiftly, getting a head start preparing for a possible outbreak. This is good because, without immediate and decisive action, Marburg can easily get out of hand,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

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Wimbledon 2022 Women Singles Final Highlights: Elena Rybakina defeats Ons Jabeur 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, clinches Maiden Wimbledon Title

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Shobit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored, 16th July 202:

On 9th July, 2022 the Wimbledon got its winner in the Women’s Singles with none other than Russian born Kazak, Elena Rybakina who defeated the Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur with 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Wimbledon this year, for the first time in a while, witnessed 2 finalists seeking their maiden title. What could be termed as unpredictability is that the fan’s favourite contenders were all eliminated before. While the Record 7 Wimbledon title winner Serena Williams was shocked by H. Tan in  the 1st Round, it was Paula Badosa underperforming in the Round of 16 and  the astonishing defeat of the Former Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep in the Semifinal.That too came from the end of Elena Rybakina who vanquished Simona in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

As could be seen in the epic thriller, the first set was won by Ons Jabeur whose drop shots and forehand made Rybakina go for many unforced errors. But post conceding the 1st set, Rybakina changed the gear for all the trailing in 1st set and ensured enough aces and volley to make it 6-2 in the 2nd set for 1-1 tie. For the 3rd set, Elena led with 2-0 but got holded by Jabeur to make it 3-2 but outshined Jabeur with a 5-2, finally breaking the latter’s serve in the decider.

Not to forget the incredible journey of Ons Jabeur so far. It was the World No 2 Ons Jabeur who became the first Arab and african women to become the Wimbledon finalist but wasn’t at her best to defeat the 17th seed Elena Rybakina who switched her nationality to Kazakhstan in 2018 (owing to the lack of funding and infrastructure for her game) before representing Russia. Just like Elena who wrote the history as the first kazakh to be claimed as winner in the Wimbledon, it could have been the same to Ons too being the first Arab and African women.Though the losing cause made the Ons emotional, it was her grit, determination and the post match interview which reflected her strong character.

In the Post Match Interview, the Introvert Champion Elena had her say on the Wimbledon title. She stated “I was super nervous before the match, during the match and I’m happy it’s finished, to be honest. Really I have never felt something like this. I want to thank the crowd for the support, it was unbelievable these two weeks,” the 23-year-old said. But also I want to congratulate Ons for a great match and everything you have achieved. I think you are an inspiration for everybody. You have an amazing game. We don’t have someone like this on tour and it is a joy to play against you. I ran so much, I don’t think I need to do fitness anymore”. With this title, Elena became the youngest player to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since 2011.

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