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If I am Eating Right, Do I Still Need Supplements?
And last, but certainly not least, even if none of the above apply to you, you should probably consider taking a magnesium supplement. More than 90 percent of Americans have been found to be deficient in this important mineral.
If you are still confused, you can consult your doctor, but chances are he isn’t the best source of information either. You might want to consider consulting a dietitian. Write down everything you eat for at least one week before your visit, and ask what supplements, if any, they recommend. They will take into account your age, weight, physical activity, and any health issues or prescription medication you are taking. Even if you have to pay for the visit yourself, it would be well worth it to know what you really need, rather than what someone wants to sell you.
Some supplements can interfere with prescription drugs, so if you are taking any type of prescription, be sure to consult your doctor before you begin taking any type of supplement, no matter how natural or safe you have been told it is.
Another thing to note: some websites that sell supplements don’t always offer you reliable evidence based advice. They are there to sell you something, don’t forget that.
Also, don’t take a multivitamin thinking that it will make up for a poor diet. It won’t. No pill can ever take the place of fresh fruits and vegetables.