While they certainly have their uses, vitamin supplements aren’t a magic pill that equal perfect health. That being said, they do have their uses. Let’s take a look:
• Supplements are no replacement for a healthy diet. Nutrients from whole foods are always more beneficial.
• Here are some things foods can provide that supplements can’t:
- Greater range of nutrition since food is more complex and contains macro- and micro-nutrients
- Protective compounds such as phytochemicals and antioxidants
- Easier absorption of nutrients because they’re more bioavailable
• There are definitely times that supplementation is necessary though:
- Calcium, especially for women over 35
- Folic acid for pregnant women
- If you have a deficiency and have trouble absorbing/converting certain vitamins
- Restricted diets that may have nutrition gaps
• Excess vitamins are usually eliminated from your body when you go to the bathroom, but some accumulate in your body and can actually be harmful including vitamins A, D, E, and K and iron.