Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Taking a vitamin or mineral supplement may be something you are considering, especially if you find it difficult to eat a variety of foods. Due to the various functions of vitamins and minerals, the supplement industry has tried to encourage supplement use by physically active people. However, multivitamin and mineral supplements do not appear to enhance performance in healthy, well-nourished individuals. A multivitamin and mineral supplement is useful if:

  • You have an existing vitamin or mineral deficiency.
  • You have poor dietary habits. In this case, increase the amount of nutrient dense foods and food variety in your diet!
  • You are exposed to extreme environmental conditions, such as cold climates or high altitudes (Chapter 12).

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