It’s difficult to walk into your local pharmacy without contemplating whether you should be taking a dietary supplement. There’s practically an alphabet of synthetic vitamins and minerals for sale on your way to the toothpaste aisle.
One pill claims to cure the common cold, another pill reads “for sustained energy,” and another pill may just be the remedy for your stomach ailments. We’ve brought in the dietitians from Tovita Nutrition to help us answer the million-dollar question: Should we be taking a daily dietary supplement?
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the function of a supplement. It’s intended to supplement the diet, not replace vitamins and minerals we would otherwise consume from foods.
The diet is always the preferred method of ensuring proper nutrition. So yes, we’re telling you to continue to get your vitamin A from carrots, your vitamin C from citrus fruits, and your vitamin E from almonds.