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Dietary Supplements: Vitamins and Minerals
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By Melissa Bess
My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger ...
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My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger audience. Follow me, share with others, bookmark this page, leave comments, and enjoy.
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Colorado State Extension has a great fact sheet on dietary supplements, vitamins, and minerals. 

Here are some quick facts from that article:

  • Most individuals can obtain all the vitamins and minerals needed to meet the recommended dietary allowances and adequate intakes by eating a variety of foods.
  • Dietary supplements, including multivitamins and multiminerals, do not guarantee protection against disease.
  • Large doses of either single nutrient supplements or high potency vitamin and mineral combinations may be harmful.
  • Although vitamin deficiency is rare, it may occur when nutrients are limited in one’s diet, or as a result of a secondary deficiency caused by tobacco, alcohol use, or disease.
  • Consult a medical professional before taking any self-prescribed single nutrient supplements.
In this fact sheet, you will find:

  • What are dietary supplements?
  • Who may need to consider a supplement?
  • Choosing a supplement
  • Health risks 
  • Myths/facts related to supplements
  • Common nutrients and their food sources


Link to Dietary Supplements: Vitamins and Minerals 



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