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Skip The Supplements, Stick To Nutrient-Rich Foods, Studies Advise

December 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Dietary supplements may help some people with special nutrient needs, but generally eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods is the best way to get healthy nutrients needed to reduce the risk of chronic disease, U.S. studies have found. The studies, along with an accompanying editorial, say there really is not clear benefit for most healthy people to take vitamin supplements. Choosing foods that provide the most nutrients per calorie “can build a healthier life and start down a path of health and wellness”. Recommendations include a healthy breakfast, whole grains, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, omega 3-rich seafood and fiber- and folate-rich beans.
Eliseo Guallar et al., "Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements", Annals of Internal Medicine, December 17, 2013, © American College of Physicians.
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