Multivitamins: Would your youngster benefit from a supplement?
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If you want to take a vitamin-mineral supplement, look for one that provides about 100 percent of the Daily Value (DV) of all the vitamins and minerals. Taking more than the recommended daily values (DVs) can increase your risk of side effects. Children are especially vulnerable to overdoses of vitamins and minerals.
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. For example, you can get vitamin C from a pill or from an orange. But the orange is the better choice because it also provides some fiber, beta carotene, calcium and other nutrients.
Dietary supplements can complement your regular diet if you have trouble getting enough nutrients, but they aren't meant to be food substitutes. Consider the benefits of whole foods: 1. Whole foods provide greater nutrition. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals designed to work together. 2. Whole foods provide dietary fiber. 3. Whole foods contain other substances recognized as important for good health, such as antioxidants.
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