What Supplements Should You Take?


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According to Dr. Oz, 99 percent of people should take a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and fish oil. According to the American College of Physicians, most people are well nourished enough to get no benefit from taking supplements, and some supplements may even cause harm.

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Mayo Clinic states that it is best to get all nutritional needs met through a diet consisting of a variety of healthy foods, but for a subset of people, supplements may be beneficial. Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant need to take folic acid supplements or eat food fortified with folic acid, and pregnant women need to take a prenatal vitamin that includes iron. Adults over 50 should take a B-12 supplement or a multivitamin that includes B-12, or they should eat foods fortified with B-12. A vitamin D supplement is recommended for adults over 65.

Mayo Clinic notes that anyone who eats less than 1,600 calories per day, eats a poor diet or is on a vegan or a vegetarian diet that does not include a variety of different foods may benefit from taking dietary supplements. The same holds true for those who have medical issues that cause malabsorption or the inability to use nutrients properly, such as chronic diarrhea, food allergies or digestive diseases, and for those who experience heavy bleeding during menstruation.

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