Do you really need to take a vitamin supplement?


Contrary to what a lot of people believe, our food supply is nowhere short of the right vitamins and minerals our bodies need. A large majority of people think it is critical to take vitamins daily. Living in Canada where we experience the winter season, our bodies are often compromised a little bit due to the colder temperatures and sometimes extra vitamins can be helpful in staving off sickness. Overall, the reality is that if you eat a balanced diet, there really is no need for vitamins.

That being said, there are certain individuals that may benefit from taking vitamin or mineral supplements regularly, due to physical health conditions or unique diets. These groups of people include pregnant women, vegetarians, vegans, older adults and several more. Please note that it is important to check with your health care provider or a Registered Dietician before taking any supplements, as they can interfere with some medications.

It should also be noted that supplements are NOT a replacement for whole foods as they do not contain the same amount or variety of substances found in food. Vitamins and mineral supplements do not have to be a critical part of our diet, as long as we are conscious of our food intake. I know I would rather eat the right foods than choke down an artificial form of the same vitamin that I could be getting in a more nutritious form from whole, fresh foods. I understand that this isn’t an option for everyone, but for those who it is, we should strive to eat the right foods to get our vitamins and minerals naturally.

What are your thoughts on vitamin supplements?

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