Do athletes need vitamin and mineral supplements?

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Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
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Most of the time, we can get adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals from our diets if we are following the RDAs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that "no vitamin or mineral supplement should be required if an athlete is consuming adequate energy from a variety of foods to maintain body weight." Coupling exercise with a restrictive diet, with a diet that leaves out food groups, or with consumption of empty calories may result in insufficient vitamin and mineral intake. Age may also present a special challenge for absorbing enough vitamins and minerals because of low energy intake, impaired absorption, chronic medical problems, and medications.
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