A to K, Beta carotene, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Multivitamins and more
The BasicsIt goes without saying that the best source of nutrients comes from a balanced diet. Many of us, however, don't get our recommended nutrition from diet alone. That's why we take vitamins. Learn more about individual vitamins and their benefits
Purpose and Prevention
In the face of so many choices, how do you know which are the right vitamins for you? Use our informative guides to sort through the maze of options and resolve to make vitamins a part of your daily routine.
Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and Multiminerals and more
Why take vitamin and mineral supplements?
Supplements may help healthy people for a number of reasons. They can help
prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies when the diet is not adequate to
provide all necessary nutrients. They can also provide amounts of nutrients
larger than the diet can provide. Larger amounts of some nutrients may help to
protect against future disease. Many of these nutrients will be briefly
discussed here. However, for more information, refer to individual nutrient
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People may consume diets that are deficient in one or more nutrients for a variety of reasons. The typical Western diet often supplies less than adequate amounts of several essential vitamins and minerals.1 Recent nutrition surveys in the U.S. have found large numbers of people consume too little calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and, possibly, copper and manganese.2 3
Weight-loss, pure vegetarian, macrobiotic, and several other diets can also place some people at risk of deficiencies that vary with the type of diet. Certain groups of people are at especially high risk of dietary deficiencies. Studies have found that elderly people living in their own homes, often have dietary deficiencies of vitamin A and vitamin E, calcium, and zinc,4 and occasionally of vitamin D, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2.5 Premenopausal women have been found often to consume low amounts of calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C.6
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About one-third of the U.S. population is overweight.1 One in five people not only exceeds ideal weight, but also meets the clinical criteria for obesity. In the 1990s, rates of obesity more than doubled, and are currently rising by over 5% per year.2 3 Because excess body weight is implicated as a risk factor for many different disorders, including heart disease, diabetes, several cancers (such as breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and cancers of the uterus, colon, and kidney), prostate enlargement (BPH), female infertility, uterine fibroids, and gallstones, maintaining a healthy body weight seems prudent. For overweight women, weight loss can significantly improve physical health. A four-year study of over 40,000 women found that weight loss in overweight women was associated with improved physical function and vitality as well as decreased bodily pain.4 The risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other diseases increases in overweight men and women in all age groups.5 Losing weight and keeping it off is, unfortunately, very difficult for most people.
Being overweight is a risk factor for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and various other disorders of pregnancy.
Excess body mass has the one advantage of increasing bone mass—a protection against osteoporosis. Probably because of this, researchers have been able to show that people who successfully lose weight have greater loss of bone compared with those who do not lose weight.6 People who lose weight should, therefore, pay more attention to preventing osteoporosis.
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