Supplement Not A Substitute

8 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, July 07 2010 Jul 7, 2010 Wednesday, July 07, 2010 11:15:31 AM CDT July 07, 2010 in News

A common misconception about supplemental vitamins is the role they play in a person's diet. 

Supplemental vitamins are meant to be used in addition to foods like fruits, vegetables, and fish not in the place of them. 

According to Sally Stegemann, a registered dietician, "supplements fill in the holes" you might not get in your daily diet.

Although there are positive advantages to taking certain vitamins daily, the FDA warns of possible risks.  There is such thing as overdosing on supplements.  The FDA says more is not necessarily better. 

Stegemann also said, "Supplements are not regulated by the FDA and you're not always getting what you think you're getting" in a vitamin.  This means you could be putting things in your body you don't want.

One tip Stegemann suggests is spending a few minutes in the sun each day to get Vitamin D.  She says some people might need more help producing D with their body and that's when a vitamin would come into play.

It's important to be aware of what vitamins you're taking and how often you take them. 

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