Sup­ple­ments: yes or no?

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Eat Better -

Most peo­ple can get ev­ery­thing they need to be healthy by eat­ing a var­ied, bal­anced diet – so why do al­most half of us take a vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment ev­ery day? A re­view of 26 stud­ies con­cluded that most vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments give no sig­nif­i­cant health ben­e­fits, and a study of 160,000 post­menopausal women found mul­ti­vi­ta­mins did noth­ing to pre­vent can­cer or heart dis­ease. There are ex­cep­tions, though, and these sup­ple­ments may help to fill cer­tain di­etary gaps. ◆ Vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency can re­sult in im­paired mus­cle func­tion, weak bones and de­pressed im­mu­nity. Public Health Eng­land rec­om­mends ev­ery­one takes 10mcg vi­ta­min D be­tween Oc­to­ber and April. ◆ Vi­ta­min B12 Lack of B12 can re­sult in anaemia. As it can only be ob­tained from an­i­mal sources, ve­g­ans will need to take a mul­ti­vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment that pro­vides 10mcg of B12, or eat B12-for­ti­fied foods. ◆ Omega 3s Best known for their heart health ben­e­fits, con­sider tak­ing omega-3 sup­ple­ments if you don’t of­ten eat oily fish. If you’re veg­e­tar­ian, opt for sup­ple­ments made from al­gae oil. ◆ Folic acid Take 400mcg folic acid daily if you’re try­ing to con­ceive and dur­ing the first 12 weeks of preg­nancy to re­duce the risk of neu­ral tube de­fects in your baby.

Sunshine vi­ta­min: but we may need to take vi­ta­min D in win­ter

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