As a nutrition and health coach, I encourage my clients to develop healthy eating habits so that they can obtain the majority of their daily nutrition requirements through the foods they eat. I also think this is important because there are other compounds in foods besides vitamins and minerals that our bodies can benefit from. However, despite even the best of intentions, you may find that your diet may not provide the recommended amounts of all the nutrients (refer to this Dietary Reference Intakes table). In general, if you aren't getting a good balance between the various food groups (refer to My Plate for an example of balanced intake for various ages and genders), you're probably not meeting some or all of the recommended nutrient intake. So, people who are in general good health (i.e., their doctor has not diagnosed them with any health conditions and they are not on any medications that might interact with any particular nutrients) should be able to take a general multivitamin and mineral supplement on the market. It's always a good idea for anyone, though, to discuss any supplements (i.e., vitamins, minerals, herbal) with your medical provider so that he/she is aware of what you are taking and can guide you appropriately. For more information, check out this fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Multivitamin/mineral Supplements.
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