What is enteral nutrition?
Enteral nutrition is a nutritional support technique by which nutrients are introduced directly into the digestive system, when it is anatomically and functionally useful, but there is some difficulty to take in food through the mouth.
What do we mean by enteral formulas?
Enteral formulas are those prepared formulas which consist of a specific mixture of macro and micronutrients. They are generally complete nutritional formulas. For this reason, they can be used as the sole source of nutrition.
What are the main objectives of dietary supplements?
When a health professional recommends a dietary supplement, he seeks three main objectives:
- Increase the total energy intake of the patient.
- Maintain and/or restore the patient’s nutritional status.
- Maintain and/or restore the patient’s functional capacity.
What is an oral dietary supplement such as NutAvant?
Oral dietary supplements such as Nutavant are a complete food which has been formulated to meet all the energy and nutritional needs of patients who have some kind of difficulty to ingest food normally. A person may be fed exclusively using Nutavant.
How do I know if I need some kind of dietary supplement?
To determine whether you need to take dietary supplements like Nutavant, you should always consult a health care professional, doctor, nurse or dietitian, who will determine whether your nutritional needs are met successfully or if you need some type of supplementation.
If supplementation is necessary, it will be prescribed by the health professional and the patient will be able to go to the pharmacy to pick it up.
When should I take my dietary supplement?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can take it at any time of the day. Ideally, take the supplement in between meals, as a snack, and keep your meals as normal as possible.
Can I heat or freeze NutAvant?
Nutavant can be cooled to make it more refreshing. This is especially nice when done with Nutavant fruit flavors (strawberry, banana and vanilla). You can even freeze them and take them as an ice cream.
It can also be heated without suffering changes in its nutritional properties, but you should never let it boil. The most suitable flavors to be heated are cappuccino and chocolate flavors.
What are dietary supplements?
Dietary supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients. The purpose if these supplements is to complete the normal diet of those who wish to improve their health and wellbeing.
We can take dietary supplements when our daily diet is inadequate or incomplete for any reason, or when our nutritional needs increase, as is the case of pregnant women, who should take folic acid and iodine for the proper development of the fetus.
What kind of nutrients can be found in a dietary supplement?
- Vitamins, especially the B group, which are essential to obtain the energy from the food we eat every day and which are also involved in muscle activity.
- Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as selenium and zinc, which play an antioxidant role and help maintain the immune system.
- Vitamin E, along with group B vitamins and iron, which play an important role in concentration mechanisms.
- Folic acid and B vitamins, which play a role in maintaining a healthy heart, and a proper development of the neural tube during pregnancy.
- Vitamin A, which keeps the eyes and vision in good conditions.
- Vitamin D, which enhances the absorption and metabolism of the calcium needed to keep the bones strong.
- Vitamins A, C, E, biotin and niacin and minerals like copper, zinc or iron, involved in maintaining a healthy skin, hair and nails.
How many daily nutrients does a person need?
The recommended amounts of nutrients people should consume vary by age and sex, and are known as recommended daily allowances (RDA) or Reference Intakes (IR). The recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals is currently represented by the reference values of nutrients (VRN), which are different for each one of them.
To make it easier for consumers, the labeling of our dietary supplements shows the percentage of these values, according to the amount contained in the dose or suggested serving for each product.
Do I need prescription to buy a dietary supplement?
Food supplements which are sold in pharmacies, drugstores or herbalists do not require a prescription to buy them, but you may consult with a health care professional such as your doctor, dietitian/nutritionist or pharmacist for advice as to which dietary supplement you should take.
Can a dietary supplement replace a diet?
Dietary supplements cannot replace a balanced diet. However, a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables can provide all the necessary nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Can I take a dietary supplement if I’m under medical treatment?
In general, the dietary supplements which contain the recommended amounts of nutrients do not interact with medicines, but you should talk to your doctor if you are under treatment or taking anticoagulants.