Vitamin and mineral supplements

  • R Van Schoor
Keywords: vitamins, mineral supplements


The use of nutritional supplements has increased rapidly over recent years.1 Supplements are used with the intention of preventing disease.2,3 Most healthy individuals do not need supplements if they are able to follow healthy eating patterns.2,4 However, there are certain populations that could benefit from supplementation when the need for certain nutrients cannot be met by diet.4 Supplements are defined as concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals or other ingredients that are used to supplement a normal diet. Dietary supplements are usually taken orally and are commercially available in many forms such as capsules, powders, pills, and syrups.2,4

Author Biography

R Van Schoor

Registered Dietitian

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