Supplements: True health in a pill?

Boost energy, lose weight, beat stress, improve performance, and reduce wrinkles! These are just a few of the promises found on the labels of vitamin and mineral supplements. But can vitamin and minerals really live up to these claims?

Today, nobody doubts that vitamins B1 can prevent beriberi or that vitamin C prevents scurvy. But scientific opinion about the use of vitamin supplements by millions of seemingly healthy people has never been more divided. Vitamins and minerals can be helpful when it comes to providing the missing nutrients in your diet, but don’t just trust the clerk in the health food store to tell you what you need to take. The bottom line to remember is that if you are taking supplements, know the tolerable upper limit of the vitamins and minerals you are taking, and check all labels to make sure your food choices are not enriched with the same nutrients.

Published: Summer2015
Nutrition Insight
Article only in English

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