This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
In a world where fad diets and dietary restrictions are becoming more popular, many people should turn to supplements to help fill in the gaps in their nutrition. But what exactly are supplements, and why are plant-based supplements becoming more popular? Let's take a closer look. Supplements are products that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other dietary ingredients that are intended to supplement the diet. They can come in various forms, such as capsules, tablets, powders, and even gummies. While supplements are not meant to replace a well balanced healthy diet, they are required to bridge the gap between the daily nutritive deficiencies and help support the body's natural functions.
Plant-based supplements, in particular, are gaining popularity due to the numerous health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Plant-based supplements are made from natural ingredients derived from plants, further extracted for their essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that the body needs to function optimally. Unlike synthetic supplements, plant-based supplements are more easily absorbed and utilised by the body. And it's simply because the body sees it as food, recognizes it and is able to assimilate it more effectively. It also has a plan for the food that it's taking in. You see, every part of the body has a function - a role it plays to absorb, digest, assimilate and utilise what it consumes. By giving it synthetic derivatives or bioidentical synthetic ready ingredients, be it hormones, enzymes etc, the function of the body that is supposed to make that particular hormone or enzyme now knows that it just doesn't need to anymore. That's just how the body works!
Let's take melatonin as an example. Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the body's pineal gland in response to darkness, thereby telling the body when it needs to sleep. The pineal gland also helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, is responsible for your body's temperature regulation and tells you when you are hungry. All important functions for the body's ability to cope and function - sleep, warmth, food!
Now, we all know that many people experience disruptions in their sleep patterns due to stress, poor diets, and environmental factors. These are all stress triggers that release another hormone - cortisone in the body. Cortisone curbs the body’s ability to stimulate the hormone serotonin which is the precursor to the release of Melatonin, which helps induce sleep. As a result of this, melatonin supplements have become increasingly popular in helping people cope with their sleep issues. Now as a side bar, it might be worth knowing that melatonin is only produced by animals. So the organic source of melatonin would be extracting it from an animal's pineal gland (not safe, not recommended) or creating a synthetic, laboratory made compound which is identical to the natural melatonin molecule. These synthetic lab made compounds are what you get in your melatonin supplementation. And while melatonin supplements can help you fall asleep faster, they simply cannot guarantee the duration of your sleep time or the quality of your sleep. It's like slapping a bandaid on a 5 inch bleeding gash! Quality sleep is crucial for physical and mental health, and it is important to address the root causes of poor sleep, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Plant-based supplements can be a better alternative to such synthetic melatonin supplements, as they contain a combination of natural ingredients that support the body's natural sleep processes and promote a more restful night's sleep. For example, certain nutrients such as tryptophan, magnesium, valerenic acid and vitamin B6 are essential for the production of both serotonin and GABA, which are key players for great sleep. Plant-based ingredients that are rich in these nutrients help the body (which we may add is already lacking in nutrients that help aid sleep) with the food it needs to get the body to boost the GABA (a neuroinhibitor that helps relax mind and muscle) and serotonin that is required for the production of Melatonin. Thus letting your body do the work of producing the hormones it needs to get you to fall asleep.
Taking from this example and many others, our ideology at Caim By årelang is rooted in the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that by supporting it with the right nutrients, we can help it function optimally. We're passionate about using plant-based ingredients because they offer a range of health benefits, from reducing inflammation to improving gut health, creating the hormones, enzymes and antibodies it needs to function the way it was meant to.
We believe that the process of digestion and absorption begins from the senses - the moment you see and smell something you truly enjoy eating. This is when your brain sends signals to your entire digestive tract to prepare itself for something that it is going to enjoy! By now, all the digestive juices in the body are flowing in anticipation to digest the food you are about to enjoy. In our experience the most common and most enjoyed food universally is candy! It is also a known fact that the body absorbs nutrients best from what it enjoys the most. Which is why we created our supplements in the form of Candyceuticals. Our candyceuticals are formulated with a variety of plant-based ingredients, formulations that have been shown to support healthy sleep patterns or improve skin, hair, and nail health, and even support healthy digestion and immune function.
When you take your supplements in the form of capsules, tablets and pills, besides the known hazards of Hyper-Vitaminosis and synthetic alternatives used in the formulation, you need to note that for the nutrients in such tablets, pills or capsules to be absorbed by the body, they need to first be dissolved and disintegrated. There are no regulations in place in India to test whether the pills/capsules or tablets even get dissolved on consumption. Some of the international markets have regulations and tests that can ascertain whether the pills even get dissolved, but as for India, the regulations don't really demand it.
Our belief in the power of plant-based nutrition and candyceuticals goes beyond just providing the body with the necessary nutrients. It's about promoting a lifestyle that supports the natural functions of the body. Synthetic ingredients can be effective in the short term, and perhaps not addictive, but they can lead to long-term dependence and harm to the body. Plant-based ingredients, on the other hand, are more easily absorbed and utilized by the body, allowing it to function optimally without the risk of addiction or harm. Using plant-based ingredients, we're not just promoting better health and well-being - we're promoting a sustainable approach to nutrition and lifestyle. We believe that when you give your body what it needs to function naturally, it can thrive in ways synthetic ingredients can never replicate. But it's not just about what's in the supplement - it's also about how it's delivered to the body. Many plant-based supplements are formulated with unique delivery systems that enhance absorption and ensure maximum benefit. For example, our candyceuticals are formulated in a candy-like form that makes them more enjoyable to take and easier for the body to absorb. In addition to the quality of the ingredients and delivery systems, it's important to consider the sustainability of the supplements you're taking. Plant-based supplements are often more sustainable than synthetic ones, as they rely on natural ingredients that can be replenished and harvested in an eco-friendly way and make sure your body functions the way it is meant to without addiction.
In conclusion, the benefits of plant-based supplements cannot be overstated. They offer a natural and sustainable way to support the body's functions, from improving gut health to reducing inflammation. By incorporating plant-based supplements into our daily routines, we can take a proactive approach to our health and well-being. With their unique delivery systems, plant-based supplements make it easier for our bodies to absorb essential nutrients, allowing us to function optimally. At the same time, we're contributing to a more eco-friendly approach to nutrition and lifestyle. So let's make the switch to plant-based supplements and embrace a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.