Ramesh started popping vitamin pills after watching a TV commercial. He was convinced that they were good for his health and helped him be more energetic throughout the day. He did not bother checking with a doctor before starting a course. Is Ramesh right about these pills? Do they really help in any way? Nutritionist Neha Chandna has the answers for us.
When should one take vitamin supplements? Why are they needed?
Today, we lead a very hectic life with loads of work pressure, long commutes and unhealthy foods. To be able to perform at our optimum level, we need to take vitamin supplements. These can be taken after meals. However, do consult your doctor and/or dietitian before doing so.
Canâ€™t one get that nutrition from natural sources?
Natural source is the best way to get nutrition but unfortunately, the food we eat today is not pure like before, nor is our absorption power that strong. The stress and anxiety we go through in our day-to-day life affects our digestive system as well. So, itâ€™s best to supplement your diet with required vitamins to make up for the loss. (Read: Why amla is so great for your health)
Can taking these supplements without consulting a doctor / dietician be harmful?
Itâ€™s always better to consult a dietician or doctor before taking a supplement to be sure you are on the right track and you are taking only how much is required by your body. Blindly popping these pills may affect your health negatively.
Usually, what are the common vitamin supplements that one should take?
You can take a multivitamin mineral supplement
B-Complex for energy
Calcium for women above 30 years of age
Vitamin E and C for immunity
These are general ones but it changes depending on your food intake and other factors like health problems, lifestyle, age, etc. so let consult with a doctor before you start eating them.
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