In The Know—Learning About Nutritional Supplements

by Living Magazine –

It only takes cruising the vitamin and supplement aisle of your local grocery store to get confused about what your body may actually need in dietary supplements. Contrary to the barrage of messages we receive regarding the need for supplements, vitamins occur naturally in our diets, and most of us—unless suffering from a deficiency—get all the nutrition we need from the foods we eat. However, at different stages of life and phases of health, there are times when we need supplementation to balance our health. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can hurt more than help, so be sure to educate yourself before taking supplements. Here are some of the basics. When Do I Need a Supplement? Pregnant women are encouraged to take prenatal vitamins to maintain iron and folic acid levels. Folic acid prevents certain birth defects and iron prevents anemia, common in pregnancy, and keeps energy levels high enough for the demands on the body during pregnancy. If you are over 70, the changes to how your body processes nutrition may warrant the addition of calcium, vitamin D, and B12. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, calcium is vital. Vitamin D deficiencies often affect the elderly because they often don’t get enough natural sunlight. A B12 deficiency is common with the elderly because as the body ages, it can lose its ability to absorb B12. Continue reading “In The Know—Learning About Nutritional Supplements”