Supplementation vs Lipoedema

A few words about history ..

Supplementation, supplements, healthy lifestyle, being healthy … slogans that have taken over not only the internet but also our lifestyle choice. Let’s look back a little bit to get to know the supplements again.

Supplementation existed even earlier than we thought. Nowadays, supplements containing Curcuma, spirulina, nettle or oregano extracts are still popular. Named in the 21st century as “superfood”.

Vitamins also appear in supplementation. We can buy these vitamins in the form of tablets, liquids, powders or even teas. However, it is worth remembering the beginnings of vitamins. How they arose and who was the culprit.

The first vitamin discovered was vitamin B1. This happened in 1911/1912 when a Polish biochemist, Kazimierz Funk, separated her from rice bran. The first-known compound was the first to call vitamin – from the Latin words “vita” – life and “amine” – nitrogen-containing compounds. Funk was aware that it was part of the whole group of ingredients responsible for the proper functioning of the body. He decided to continue research, which resulted in the discovery of vitamin B3 and expanding knowledge about vitamins A and D.

“The definition of a dietary supplement is set out in Article 3 (3) (39) of the Act on bż as a foodstuff (food) whose purpose is to supplement a normal diet, being a concentrated source of vitamins or minerals or other substances showing a nutritional or other physiological effect, single or complex, placed on the market in a form enabling dosage. The above conditions must be met cumulatively. However, a dietary supplement may not possess the properties of a medicinal product within the meaning of the provisions of the Pharmaceutical Law of 6 September 2001 6. Pursuant to Article 27 of the Act on bż, dietary supplements may contain vitamins and minerals that are naturally present in food and are consumed as part of it, as well as other substances exhibiting a nutritional or another physiological effect. “**

In the 21st century, supplementation plays a very significant role in our busy lives. It has become accessible and even inaccessible as an essential element of everyday existence. Through various stimuli from the outside and all kinds of social media, you can not free yourself from it. The sheer volume of ads, posters and oral information has made supplementation a solution for everything. It looks like we forget about our individuality.

Because of what we eat, what our lifestyle looks like, whether we have health problems, we are different from others. Our body has different needs for vitamins and minerals than the frame of our friend or the lady from advertising.

Even though on each package with a supplement we have information: “Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle”. It still created awareness that a handful of supplements will change my current mood or condition.

What is conscious supplementation?

When choosing supplements, we often forget to diagnose the cause of a given pain, indigestion, overweight, hair loss, weakness or depression.

Hello – I approach a slim, tall man who has been staring for some time at products in the “muscles and bones” section – how can I help you?

Ah, So glad you are here. I’m looking for some pills that will support my back and bones too because it hurts me so much that I can’t walk sometimes.

Did you go to the doctor about this problem?

Yes, I was once, but he said that everything is okay only that after the holidays I have terrible pain again, I heard that vitamin D and calcium is good for bones

Hmmm, where exactly does your back hurt?

Well, here – the customer unexpectedly raises the shirt and points to the lower back (lumbar spine).

I looked at him again and timidly added: – Maybe your muscles hurt not your bones

No, it’s not my muscles, my back hurts

He replied, shouting, clutching firmly at the lumbar spine. I took a deep breath because I didn’t want my client to leave unhappy without being aware of the pain centre. So I had to find the cause of the pain.

What work do you do every day?

I am a driver

And how many hours a day do you spend behind the wheel?

– Well, in the morning I go out around 7 o’clock and come back after 6 pm. That’s why I have to take something on this back because painkillers don’t help.

Please go to the doctor first. In the meantime, please try to stretch out in the morning and evening, after 10-15 minutes. If you do not know the exercises for stretching your back muscles, please go to youtube and check out simple tasks for stretching the lumbar spine. Swimming should also take place twice a week and go for a professional back massage. Apart from that, it will be useful to take a bath with magnesium flakes to relax your muscles. It soothes the pain too.

But I don’t have time to exercise.

Even 10 minutes in the morning and 10 in the evening? To feel better later?

No. But this magnesium sounds good to me. I will buy magnesium flakes then…

The work I did (contact with about 150 clients a day) gave me a picture of society (with small exceptions, of course) that does not care about what signals and why our body has sent these signals but to get rid of a given discomfort that accompanies us quickly. That most people are so busy with other things that they don’t even have time to think about what they need.

Conscious supplementation and Lipoedema

Conscious supplementation means that our selection of supplements is a reflection of what our actual body needs, not fashion or trends among friends.

We all suffer from the same disease. Lipoedema affects the same or similar parts of our body. It consists in feeling the same discomfort, pain and appearance – we should always remember that we are an individual.

Throughout these four years, I have been exploring information not only on nutrition but also how to support my body with specific vitamins and minerals. After a long recharge, I founded a few supplements working well during lipoedema.

B12 – in our body is responsible for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, also supports metabolism, muscle growth and work. Apart from that, it affects the proper functioning of the nervous system. B12 occurs in meat products such as liver, kidneys, fish. You can also find it in eggs or dairy products such as cheese. If you are vegan, this supplement is worth buying.

Selenium is one of the minerals that in a small amount can significantly help our health, but higher doses can hurt us a lot. This mineral should not have taken if you are allergic to Selenium or have inflammation and damaged the skin. On the right side of Selenium’s power, it says that it helps protect against oxidative cell damage. It also seems to be very helpful in reducing swelling. An alternative to its supplementation may be to choose 2-3 Brazil nuts per week.

Omega 3. Supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) has a beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure, has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes a decrease in cholesterol. If fish and all kinds of fish meals are not your favourites, it is worth reaching for this supplement. I can’t imagine a week without fish. Yes, I am a fisherman – which excludes me from the group of people in love with veganism. I accepted, I accepted.

Turmeric – an excellent, anti-inflammatory plant from the ginger family, which, depending on your needs, can be taken in powdered form, added to dishes or in the form of a supplement. It is one of the few supplements that I take, especially during menstruation because it wonderfully soothes menstrual pain, inflammation and helps digestion.

Inulin / Inulin Fiber – is a form of soluble fibre, and is classified as a prebiotic because it supports the growth of intestinal bacteria. It was naturally found in vegetables and fruits and recommended to those who instead run away from their consumption.

Butcher’s broom – Supports the transport of nutrients to muscle tissue, also has a diuretic effect – removing excess water from the body. It alleviates the symptoms of poor circulation in the legs, such as pain, heaviness, cramps and swelling.

Collagen– Collagen, my favourite, is one of the most abundant structural proteins found in our bodies.

“The so-called nutrient supplementation is helpful in many cases and occurs very often at the very beginning of the treatment – entering a healthy diet. Then such additional supplementation should gradually decrease.

It is worth reaching for herbs, seaweed, adding concentrated sources of vitamins, bioflavonoids or chlorophyll to the diet, such as young barley or wheat shoots and sprouts too.

Let’s be aware of the power of nature, movement and proper hydration.

We watch our body. Let us speak to our body. And let’s treat supplementation as a transient stage that will allow us to achieve a healthy balance.

With love, Nutrition vs Lipoedema.


  • FDRS 2017 conference. Dr Karen Herbst and Chuck Ehrlich, 2017
  • ** ZOFIA KOTYNIA, PRZEMYSŁAW SZEWCZYK, GRAŻYNA TUZIKIEWICZ-GNITECKA, “The safety of using dietary supplements. Approval of products on the market in Poland” 4 / July-August / 2017
  • David Grotto “101 products for health and life” 201
  • Helena Ciborowska , Anna Rudnicka “Dietetics, nutrition of a healthy and sick man” 2014
  • Paul Pitchford “Nutrition for health” 2011
  • Nutrition Advisor Course, 2016
  • photo / Pixabay

The article is for reference only and does not exhaust specific problems related to the main topic. The information contained in this document should not be the basis for self-diagnosis or self-healing. If you suspect any of these conditions, this information cannot be considered medical advice and cannot replace a doctor’s appointment.

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