If you’re eating a healthy diet you shouldn’t need supplements. But there may be times when you need to boost specific nutrients, as Dr Dawn Harper explains
The Department of Health recommends all children from six months to five years take drops with vitamins A, C and D.
Women planning to have a baby and those in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy need to eat more folate-rich foods and take a 400mcg supplement to prevent birth defects.
The Department of Health advises all breastfeeding and pregnant women, adults over 65 years and anyone who doesn’t get much sun to take a daily 10mcg vitamin D.
As we get older our appetites may reduce and post menopausal women may need a supplement.
Teenage girls and women with heavy periods, or people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, may need an iron boost. If you’re concerned, ask your GP for a blood test.
Good for the production of healthy sperm, but there is no firm proof that supplements should routinely be used to help sub-fertility.
Some evidence shows a daily zinc supplement may reduce the length of cold symptoms. A healthy diet should be enough, but if you often get a cold, give it a go.
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