Eating many different kinds of foods is an important way to stay healthy. Food contains nutrients that our bodies need. Sometimes, people don’t eat enough foods that are high in nutrients. Supplements are an easy way to add nutrients to your diet. Daily vitamins, protein powders, or nutrition drinks are types of supplements.
Experts recommend that healthy people eat nutrient-dense foods rather than take supplements. But busy caregivers may not have the time to purchase and prepare healthy meals. Or you may be caring for someone with little or no appetite. Supplements or fortified foods can help provide nutrients that you might be missing.
Talk to your doctor if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:
Never start taking a supplement without talking to your doctor! There are many reasons why:
It is very important for anyone with a condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease to get a doctor’s OK before taking a supplement. Your doctor can tell you the dosage and form or source you should take (calcium, for example, comes in many forms from different sources).