You know calcium is important for bone health. Make sure you're also getting enough vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium. Foods rich in vitamin D include fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, and tuna. Other food sources are mushrooms and eggs. Milk, some cereals, orange juice, and other foods and drinks are fortified with vitamin D. You can also get vitamin D from sun exposure.
Magnesium is a nutrient your body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium supplements are popular but not risk-free. Food sources are easy to add to your diet.
Understanding the Daily Value numbers on food labels will help you make more-informed choices.
Before taking vitamin and mineral supplements, understand what they will and won't do for you.
Nutritional supplements abound. Still, if you want to improve and protect your health, think real food. If you depend on supplements rather than eating a variety of foods, you miss the potential benefits of antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients that only whole, unprocessed foods can provide.
Fiber supplements are one tool for adding fiber to your diet and easing constipation. Here are some tips for using them safely.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development and helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, it's important to include vitamin C in your diet. For most people, an orange or a cup of strawberries, chopped red pepper, or broccoli provides enough vitamin C for the day.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, but too much carries its own risks.
Understand the risks of too much vitamin D, including a toxic reaction.
Wheatgrass is a popular addition to smoothies and other drinks. While it's a rich source of nutrients, it's not a disease cure-all.
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