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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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.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.