Our bodies require a continuous supply of vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. Vitamins and minerals play a vital role in maintaining every part of our body, and help keep our immune system and brain functioning well. While it is true that our body can store some vitamins, others must be replenished on a frequent basis.
Would you benefit from taking a vitamin and mineral supplement? You might not if you eat a regular, well-balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat, and all of the following apply:
The list could certainly be longer, but we expect that we have made our point. Everybody should consider taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement, and especially someone that's restricting what they eat -- either in quantity or variety.
We do not mean to dismiss the importance of obtaining vitamins and minerals from nutritious foods. In fact, taking a vitamin and mineral supplement could be harmful if you took it in place of eating healthy foods. You cannot expect a vitamin and mineral supplement to counter the effects of a poor diet. You must eat healthy foods to avoid disease.
However, a daily supplement is a very inexpensive way to help ensure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function well. We also recommend that you wear seat belts and check your smoke alarms on a regular basis. It's all common sense.
Specific recommendations are beyond the scope of this tutorial, and we suggest that you turn to your doctor for advice.
Vitamins such as A, D and E are fat soluble, and can be stored in your body. If you consume too much of a fat-soluble vitamin, it can build up in your body to harmful levels.
While this should not be of concern if you are only taking a daily vitamin and mineral supplement, check with your doctor before taking any additional vitamins or minerals.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you take any medication on a regular basis.