advertisement
Updated 16 September 2013

Should I supplement my diet?

A multivitamin-and-mineral supplement, providing 50%-150% of the daily recommended intake (DRI) per tablet, is recommended for vegetarians.

0
A multivitamin-and-mineral supplement, providing 50%-150% of the daily recommended intake (DRI) per tablet, is recommended for vegetarians.

Note, however, that this cannot replace a healthy diet rich in phytochemicals (health-preserving plant chemicals that naturally occur in food).

Supplements should be used along with a healthy diet, which is high in fruit and vegetables, and should contain at least 400ug folic acid. Supradyn Complete or Centrum A-Z are good, cost-effective options.

Just make sure you don't overdo things. Recent research shows that beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E supplements can be dangerous when taken in excess.

Remember that South African maize meal, unsifted mielie meal, wheat flour and bread are fortified with vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid, iron and zinc. Take this into account when you choose a multi-vitamin to supplement your diet.

- (Health24, October 2007)

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

The debate continues »

Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you

The running vs. walking debate

There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss.

Veganism a crime? »

Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy?

Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food?

After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.