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The Safety of Supplements

Though I lament the fact that so many people look for easy solutions to their health problems and think that the answer lies in a pharmaceuticals, I also worry that people look to vitamin and mineral supplements as a shortcut to health. Though supplements may be essential when there is a true deficiency or need, they can be unnecessary at best or detrimental at worst when we use them as a substitute for a healthful diet. Join me as I talk about the safety - or lack thereof - of antioxidant supplements, (namely beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, and zinc); about whether or not we need to supplement such things as iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, and DHA; and about the best multivitamin to take, assuming, of course, that it is necessary to take a multivitamin.

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