Saturday, April 24, 2010

Supplements -- My Take

In my practice, I've always been asked by patients about what the best supplements are. My standard answer used to be that you should eat a balanced diet and most of your vitamins and minerals should come from your food and not from supplements.

I still think that should be the case. But I have to admit that nowadays, we can't be sure about the nutritional content of our food, and even if we were, most of us don't get the right balance of nutrients as we all have our own food preferences and dislikes. Also, even if we try our best to have a balanced diet, our lifestyle, budget and activities sometimes don't afford us the luxury of eating only healthful foods. Which should not be the case, but there it is. Oh, and some people do suffer from deficiencies because of all those factors.

That's why I think there is a place for such supplements, although I do not think that there is a supplement that is a one-size-fits-all for everybody. Do check on what you really need and add that to your supplement. But do still remember that majority of the important nutrients should also come from your food.

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