Do food supplements actually work?

Most people can eat or drink the recommended daily amounts of vitamin and mineral requirements in their regular diet. However, some patients are deficient in some vitamins due to chronic conditions, poor absorption, or poor diet. These patients may need to supplement with vitamins and minerals. It is best to review your vitamins and mineral supplements with your doctor -- he/she can best evaluate which vitamins/minerals you need and at what dose. There is a lot of conflicting information available for other types of supplements, and some supplements have not been extensively studied to prove their claims or to measure side effects or interactions with prescription medicines. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about supplements that you are interested in trying. Your doctor can help you evaluate the product's effectiveness and safety.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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