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Should I bother taking vitamin pills?

There are many benefits to having a healthy, balanced diet, but when you feel like you need an extra boost are vitamin pills the way to go?

Asked by: Anonymous

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According to reputable medical sources, a varied, healthy diet provides all the vitamins that a normal adult needs. Foods are also better than supplements because a healthy balanced diet contains other nutrients, such as fibre. The UK Department of Health recommends, however, that children aged between six months and four years can benefit (under medical guidance) from vitamin A, C and D supplements, while pregnant women can benefit from folic acid supplements.


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