Why you should check with your doctor before taking supplements
6/13/2016 12:39 PM
Many people are confused about which supplements they should take. For most people, it boils down to healthy eating. If you can get your vitamins and minerals from whole foods, that’s always best.
In general, a multivitamin is safe and okay, but it’s important to check with your clinician before starting any kind of supplement. Often, supplements can interact with medications or other vitamins you’re taking.
You should also be aware that some supplements do not combine well. For example, if you take iron with calcium, you won’t absorb the iron well. However, if you take iron with vitamin C absorption is enhanced.
In the United States, most of our food is fortified so true vitamin deficiency is very rare. An exception to that is with vitamin D, which is the most common clinical deficiency that exists in men and women. It’s important to be screened for vitamin D deficiency because it can lead to thinning of the bones and an overall decrease in bone health. Vitamin D-rich foods include egg yolks, fatty fish and cheese.
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About the Author
Jessica Sanders, NP, is a nurse practitioner at the Live Oak Health Partners Walk-In Care clinic.