Do We Really Need Daily Vitamin Supplements?

Those of us who tend to skip meals, or don’t eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables, may benefit from daily vitamin supplements. While no synthetic vitamins are ever going to replace the nutritional value of real whole foods, they can assist in various situations. Fast foods and fast lifestyles often make it near impossible to have the recommended serves of fruit and vegetables daily.

Who can benefit from vitamin supplements?

Those people who suffer from chronic illnesses, have digestive problems, are run down, recovering from major illness or surgery, are heavy alcohol consumers, and pregnant women may all benefit from adding a supplement to their daily diet.

Do you need a vitamin supplement?

* Are you always feeling run down?
* Do you have problems shaking off coughs and colds?
* Do you move from cold to flu to cold with no breaks in between?
* Can’t remember the last time you ate a salad or fresh piece of fruit?
* Don’t eat fresh fruit daily?
* Do you drink a bit too much alcohol?
* Always tired or lethargic?
* Dry skin?
* Pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive?
* Recovering from a major illness or surgery?
* Skip meals regularly?
* Can’t remember the last time you had a home cooked dinner?
* Had gastric surgery for weight loss?
* Do you smoke?

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above you should probably be considering a nutritional supplement. If you answered “Yes” to more than a couple you may need a check up with your doctor and may possibly want to consider some lifestyle changes.

What to look for in a vitamin supplement.

* Check the expiry date is valid.
* Do not be tempted to purchase “megadose” vitamins. These have been proven to be damaging to your health, particularly taking larger then recommended doses of the antioxidants.
* Look for a well balanced supplement that incorporates all vitamins and minerals, and does not exceed any of the recommended daily allowances (RDA).
* Ladies trying to conceive may prefer specific formulations for pre-pregnancy that contain extra doses of folic acid.
* Children have different dietary requirements to adults and should only be given supplements specifically manufactured for children.


An apple a day may keep the doctor away. Those who have problems consuming an apple daily, or any of those other foods that your parents told you were good for you, may well benefit from a nutritional supplement. Fresh foods will always be best, but failing that, a synthetic vitamin is going to be better for your health than no intake of vitamins at all.