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Dietary supplements-to use or not to use


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Dietary supplements are products designed to augment daily intake of nutrients, usually the vitamins and minerals. Botanical (herbal) products, amino acids, essential fatty acids and oils, enzymes, probiotics, and animal organ and glandular extracts are all sold as dietary supplements. Most are safe, and some of these products offer true health benefits, but there can be some risk with their use.
Normally, one should be able to get all the nutrients needed from a balanced diet. But, dietary supplements can provide additional nutrients when the diet is lacking them or when certain health conditions lead to an insufficiency or deficiency. In general, multi-vitamin supplements provide all the basic vitamins and minerals needed and are generally safe because they contain only small amounts of the each nutrient and so toxicity due to their excess intake is unlikely.
Individual nutrients are also sold as dietary supplements, usually in larger amounts than what's found in a typical multi-vitamin preparation and are used to treat specific deficiency(ies), such as an iron deficiency. Yet occasionally, t ...