Many people take vitamins these days. They take them for a number of reasons, perhaps because they know they are deficient in something, under advice form a doctor or as an insurance policy, just in case. It is important to make sure that you are taking the right ones.

  • Other Medication:

    If you are on any medication, then you need to check with your GP before taking supplements. There are some supplements which have a tendency to change the effects of medication and you need to be aware of this. If they say that it is safe and then you notice any ill effects at all then be sure to let them know right away.
  • Medical Conditions:

    If you have certain medical conditions, then certain supplements may not be helpful for you. It is important to have an understanding of this and why certain ones may not be good. On the reverse side, you may find that certain supplements will help to improve your condition and it would do you a lot of good to take them. Your GP should be able to advise you.
  • Gender:

    Men and women are not the same and therefore need different supplements. For example, pregnant women can benefit from folic acid and menstruating women need iron, whereas men do not have such a high need for these. There are some supplements that are specifically aimed at men or women, but you may be better to pick and choose single supplements that you feel you need. You will need to do your research though or ask your GP.
  • Age:

    At different ages we have different needs for supplements. A young body is still growing and therefore has different needs to an aging body that needs to repair rather than grow. It is worth thinking about this and perhaps doing some research in to it or buying supplements that suit your age as some are marketed at particular age groups.
  • Deficiencies:

    You may have a reason to think that you are deficient in certain nutrients. If this is the case then you may need to take a supplement to cover this. However, you may find that there is a better way to get these nutrients, perhaps by changing your diet and it could be a good idea to discuss this with your GP.

So there are many factors that you need to consider when you are deciding on whether to take supplements and which ones to choose. Many people just take a multi-vitamin and mineral because they think that it will help them, but it may not. Taking too much of some supplements can actually do more harm than good. Some supplements are only carried in fats and others are better absorbed in combination with other things and so taking them in tablet form may not always be the best way to go about it. Do some research and discuss things with a professional before you decide which ones to take.

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