“I don’t recommend any supplements to my patients. I recommend only diet menus to my patients. I recommend only kitchen recipes to my patients.”
These are common statements of many dieticians.
Through ancient wisdom and scientific knowledge of dietetics and nutrition, passed on from generation to generation, dieticians are professionally equipped to recommend diet menus to avoid the risk of, or treat a disorder.
However, diet alone cannot compensate for the deficiency of many bio-ingredients, which are naturally present in the body but are deficient in patients. Some examples of these bio-ingredients are vitamins and minerals like Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Iodine.
Similarly, there are many valuable nutrients with a great potential to prevent or treat diseases and disorders which dietitians can recommend to their patients by prescribing a health food supplement incorporating these 100% natural ingredients.
Just recommending additional intake of certain foods is not sufficient to overcome the existing deficit of these vital nutrients. Today, advanced technology has enabled us to extract & isolate the natural goodness from fruits, vegetables, herbs, cereals and pulses and even spices.
There are several examples where such health foods become essential.
If the lab report reveals that the patient is Iodine deficient.
Minimum daily requirement of Iodine is 150 mcg per day for an adult. Now, 3 Ounces (85 g) of Cod liver oil contain only an average of 63 to 99 mcg of Iodine. So the patient will have to consume nearly 7.5 ounces (200 g) of Cod liver oil to get his MDR of 150 mcg of Iodine.
Would it therefore be practical to recommend this or rather prescribe a supplement containing 150mcg per serving? Obviously not.
Similarly, Garcinia Cambogia & Green coffee beans bring about definite weight loss by a fat burning action and blocking fat absorption. But to give the benefit of this fabulous weight loss action, the dietitian certainly cannot recommend that patients consume Garcinia or Green coffee beans directly.
Neither can capsules serve the purpose. The quantity contained in a capsule is limited and not enough to provide the required amount, unless taken multiple times a day. This is not only tedious, but also expensive and impractical.
However, the dietitian can certainly recommend a standardised product that is natural, contains no chemical preservatives and yet is in a form that is highly acceptable to patients. For example, something that can become part of the daily meal, like a soup like ‘TRIM AID’ which contains Garcinia extract with 60% of the active Hydroxy Citric Acid and Green Coffee Bean extract with 50% Alpha Lipoic Acid to achieve the desired results.
The world is changing. Patients have easy access and exposure to information and knowledge about the active ingredients and will certainly expect that their dietician will be well versed about new ingredients, new products and new techniques.
So, today’s patients will expect their internet savvy dietician to prescribe the right food supplement for the right indication and in the right dosage to give health benefits and not just simply depend on advising what to eat and what not to eat.
Moreover, by recommending a right health food, dietitians can get results faster and safer, while also ensuring patient satisfaction.
Remember, just like medical experts prescribe medicines to aid and hasten recovery, dietitians have as much power to recommend health supplements to aid patient recovery and help them reach their goals.
Prakash M Rao is a clinical biochemist from Institute of Science Mumbai who also is an MBA in Marketing was an Associate Editor of the magazine “ Foods & Drinks” and CEO of NutraSphere currently handles a variety of consultancy assignments in foods, pharmaceuticals & cosmetics as a CEO of a multi-faceted company Zantech.