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Are dietary supplements right for you?

Dietary supplements may be popular, but are they right for you? That depends. Like medications, dietary supplements contain ingredients that affect how your body functions. Some supplements may be beneficial. In other instances, they may be risky.

The best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need is through eating a healthy diet. However, even if you eat well, the right supplement may be useful. Consider these questions.

 

Are you older than age 50?

 

As you get older, especially if you've reached age 65, your body may not be able to absorb calcium and vitamins B-12 and D like it used to. In addition, there's evidence that a multivitamin may improve your immune function and decrease your risk of some infections.

Do you eat a nutritious diet?

 

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