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Do we need vitamin supplements?

Do we need vitamin supplements?

Athletes and gym-users won’t be oblivious to the amount of dietary vitamins and supplements on the market claiming to improve health and fitness.

For all their promises and indeed their popularity, there is still relatively little evidence to prove that any of these products are beneficial.

The supplements and vitamins market is worth millions, riding on the premise that they fortify a diet lacking in a particular nutrient or micronutrient. Particularly popular with athletes are the protein powders and amino acids to regenerate a body broken down by tough workouts.

Despite their many claims, it’s been shown that often the supplements don’t live up to what they promise, although when used to complement diets low in certain nutrients needed to maintain health and performance, vitamins and supplements can be useful.

Many of us will have reached for the Vitamin C or the Echinacea for a common cold, or understand that taking calcium will build stronger bones. What is not entirely clear is whether these supplements help when taken in pill or powder form.

Media reports have thrown light on a lack of robust science when it comes to supplement use and the benefits to the consumer, however they still remain hugely popular.

In most cases all you need is a healthy and balanced diet, proper training and an adequate amount of rest and that will do the job better than most supplements.

However, if you are considering a supplement, it’s wise to speak to a certified nutritionist to get the right product for your needs.

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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