|Although the best way to
getting all our essential vitamins and minerals is to eat a balanced
and healthy diet, millions of people are taking nutritional supplements
to improve their health.
addition, we all have
different nutritional needs that may require a boost at any given time,
like more vitamin D (“the sunshine vitamin”) during
long winters, or more folic acid if you're a woman planning to
Here are some
quick tips on how to shop for vitamins and supplements.
the expiry date
the label to make
sure the expiry date hasn't passed.
Like foods, supplements should not
be used after their expiry dates.
assume more is better
A and D, iron,
zinc, and selenium can be toxic in high doses, while others can have
unpleasant or serious side effects.
Your safest bet is to look for
supplements that provide no more than the recommended daily dose of
Keep supplements away from
Vitamins may look and taste like candy to a child - but they can be
Specially, iron supplements are known to cause poisoning deaths
to your doctor or
pharmacist about which vitamins and minerals you should be taking.
addition, some vitamins and minerals can interfere with certain
medications, so be sure to tell your healthcare team about which
medications you are on in addition to nutritional supplements.
Generic and other reasonably priced brands are just as good as more