Suplements yes or no?

There is a place for supplements, but that doesn’t mean we all need to take them.

Here are some groups where supplements have been found to be useful:

  •  The elderly or those convalescing may benefit from a general standard dose multi vitamin/mineral.
  •  Those who rarely get outside or those of Asian origin may benefit from a supplement of vitamin D.      This vitamin is found in foods such as oily fish and eggs, but it’s main source is from the action of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on the skin in the months of April through to September. The levels are then stored in the body over the winter months. It only takes about 20 mins on the hands and face daily to get the levels we need. Excessive sunlight actually damages the vitamin D made, so you still need to take care of over exposure and standard sun protection safety. However vitamin D supplements may be useful for those who rarely get sunlight, either because they are unable to get outside or because they are covered up. Those of Asian origin have been found to have lower vitamin D levels.
  •  Women are advised to take a 400micro gram folic acid supplement prior to conception and for the first three months to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the forming baby.
  •  Iron is advised for women who are having abnormally heavy blood losses with their periods.
  •  Strict vegans may require vitamin B12 supplements as this is only found in foods of animal origin.

Generally I don’t recommend supplements if you don't need them for a specific reason.  Apart from being one more thing for you to do in a busy day, they can be expensive and may do you just a little good or possibly no benefit at all. 

In fact some studies have found a negative effect on taking some types of supplements and problems were seen in groups taking high doses. 

Although many want the quick fix pill, a positive change in food and lifestyle can have radical and fast acting results on health.