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Dietary Supplements; Are They Right For You?

Dietary supplements are substances used to add nutrients to an individual's diet who may otherwise not be getting enough of a particular vitamin or mineral or to lower the risk of health complications such as arthritis. They come in many different forms such as pills, powders, capsules, gel tabs, liquids, and energy bars and include amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Dietary supplements can be purchased over the counter. However, those planning on taking supplements are recommended to consult their doctor beforehand.

Who Should Take Dietary Supplements?

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Anyone can take dietary supplements, but those who are over the age of fifty, have dietary restrictions, and those who have developed an insufficiency or deficiency should consider taking some form of supplement. People on a vegetarian or vegan diet should take B12 vitamins because there is not enough B12 in organic produce. Most vegans are also in need of vitamin D and iodine, which is a mineral commonly found in dairy products. However, they can also get it in the form of supplements and through sea vegetables or miso soup.

Another supplement that some vegans may want to supplement is calcium and iron. Getting a blood test done can give the results of the levels of every vitamin and mineral within the body.

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