Vitamin Supplements

There is a lot in the news about vitamin supplements and whether or not they are beneficial. A person who does not get enough nutrients in their diet is one who should consider taking vitamin supplements. Many people do not eat a sufficient variety of foods and therefore may be lacking in certain important vitamins.

Vitamin supplements aren’t supposed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. A person shouldn’t use supplements in place of a balanced diet or in place of needed medicine. The best thing to do is not to self-diagnose, but to work with a health care provider to help decide if supplementing a diet would be helpful.

There are many benefits of taking vitamins, but the requirements are not the same for every person. They are not even the same for one person at different stages of life. Sometimes, such as during pregnancy, a body may require additional vitamins.

Much of the value of these supplements lies in the quality of the product. The manufacturer doesn’t have to prove that the supplement is effective, or even that it is safe to take. It is only after a supplement is on the market that it can be tried and tested by the FDA.

The acronym RDA is seen a lot but not always understood. RDA stands for recommended daily allowance. This refers to the recommended amount of a nutrient that a healthy person needs on a daily basis. The RDA varies according to age, sex, and stage of life.

There is a lot of disagreement in the medical community about whether or not vitamin supplements are useful. However, there are some common vitamins upon which many physicians and groups agree might be beneficial.

Folic acid is usually recommended for women who are pregnant or are thinking about getting pregnant. Folic acid has been proven to help prevent certain birth defects. Almost all pregnant women take prenatal vitamins, but doctors caution that these vitamins are not a substitute for healthy eating.

Vitimin B-12 is recommended to vegans as they won’t get as much of this as others who eat animal products. It is also recommend to people who have gastrointestinal problems.

Vitamin D is recommended for breastfed babies and people who don’t eat enough Vitamin D rich foods and/or don’t get a minimal amount of sunshine daily.

The bottom line is that vitamin supplements don’t do much for the already healthy and they should not be used as a substitute for healthy eating. However, there are circumstances where vitamin supplements can be very beneficial.

The bottom line is that vitamin supplements don’t do much for the already healthy and they should not be used as a substitute for healthy eating.

The bottom line is that vitamin supplements don’t do much for the already healthy and they should not be used as a substitute for healthy eating. (wikipedia.org)

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