You’ve read it in the news and seen it on TV – vitamins just aren’t as good for us as once believed. For decades we were advised to take them to ensure complete nutrition.
In addition to multivitamins, we found recommendations to take dozens of other supplements, from fish oil to amino acids.
The science is out and the results can now help millions of people save money ñ vitamins aren’t very effective. They don’t protect against disease.
They’re not digested or processed well in the body. And they can be dangerous in high amounts.
Despite all of this information, there are a few groups of people who may still benefit by supplementing their diet with vitamins.
Pregnant, Trying to Become Pregnant, or Nursing
If you’re an expectant mom then the extra nutrients from a prenatal vitamin may very well be worth the effort and expense. Not only does your body require more nutrients, the life that’s growing inside you also requires nutrients that you may not be getting in your diet. We’re talking about folic acid and B vitamins like choline.
If you’re nursing, many doctors and health experts recommend continuing to take a multivitamin to help ensure both you and baby are getting the nutrition you need.
Malnutrition and Malabsorption
Some conditions cause the body to not absorb nutrients or energy from food. These conditions range from irritable bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis, to HIV.
There are also medications that can interfere with absorption. In these cases, it’s imperative that a person get complete nutrition. Often, a vitamin-enriched beverage is prescribed because energy and calories need to be consumed as well.
Compromised Immune System
If you have a compromised immune system then it makes good sense to take a multivitamin and to supplement your nutrition. This can be anything from an autoimmune disease to the common cold.
Anytime your body needs extra help to stay healthy, consider supplementing your diet with vitamins.
For example, if you have a cold or the flu, zinc supplementation has been shown to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the virus. If you have an autoimmune disease or a chronic illness, talk to your doctor about how to best get complete nutrition.
While vitamins aren’t the answer for the majority of the population, they can help improve the health and vitality of special groups.
Take a look at your health, talk to your doctor, and improve your diet. Even if you’re in a risk group, you can still receive the majority of your nutrition through food.
Finding a Good Multi-Vitamin
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