Sponsored: Do You Need to Take Supplements?
Here are some reasons why you may need to take vitamin and mineral supplements:
You’re pregnant and need to make sure you are getting specific vitamins and minerals and may not get enough from your diet. (example: folic acid)
You have an illness or disease that has created a deficiency of a certain vitamin or mineral. (example: celiac disease – vitamin B12)
You have to follow a medically necessary diet and may not be able to eat certain foods. (example: gluten-free diet for celiac disease and iron)
You are taking a prescribed medication that depletes or decreases your ability to absorb vitamins or minerals. (example: Thiazide diuretics and magnesium)
You’ve had surgery that has affected your digestive system. (example: bariatric surgery)
You are a professional or elite athlete and have a specialized diet.
You follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.
If any of these apply to you, speak to your family physician about whether you might need specific vitamin and/or mineral supplements and if so, how much. You can also speak to your pharmacist to check on whether medications you’re taking might cause you to need a vitamin or mineral supplement or might interact with supplements you’re already taking. If you’re able to eat a variety of foods and none of these apply to you – you may be wasting your money and taking supplements unnecessarily.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian