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Is supplementing diet with inexpensive vitamins or minerals beneficial?

Supplementing your diet with inexpensive vitamins or minerals may be beneficial for you depending on your individual needs and circumstances. Here are some cases when inexpensive supplements can pay off:
  • If you're thinking of getting pregnant, your doctor may recommend you take a folic acid supplement to reduce the risk of certain birth defects.
  • If you're postmenopausal, your doctor may recommend calcium and vitamin D supplements to protect against the brittle-bone disease osteoporosis.
  • If you eat a vegan diet, your doctor may recommend that you take supplements of  nutrients that are found mostly in animal-based products, such as vitamin B12 and zinc.

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