One friend swears by CoQ10; another insists she’d never make it out of bed without her Vitamin D tablets; your mother is shocked you don’t take a multivitamin. Your colleague believes if a little is a good thing, a lot must be better, so he takes way more than the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of various supplements. There is a lot of good, a lot of bad, and a whole lot of confusing information out there, making it tough to figure out what vitamins and supplements you should – and should not – be taking.
“People can get all the nutrition they need by eating a variety of food, but dietary supplements in some cases can help people get adequate amounts of essential nutrients," says Carol Haggans, M.S., R.D., Scientific and Health Communications Consultant, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. "There are some nutrients that can benefit people over 50."
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