For the majority of people who don’t raise their own foods,
diets can be deficient in vitamins and minerals. In fact,
it was the study of diet deficiencies in the USA and other
countries that led to the creation of vitamin and mineral
Since my late youth, when I left the farm, I have included
supplements in my diet. Now I take “therapeutic” blends of
vitamins, helped by mineral tablets that are high in often
neglected components, such as calcium and trace elements.
I do NOT take “mega doses”; some vitamins are toxic at
But exercise caution. Supplement marketers have some of the
most profitable markups short of prescription medicines.
Read what you can learn on the internet searches, including
reputable experts, such as http://mayoclinic.com.
Herbal foods and supplements are a totally unregulated part
of the economy. Some pretty outlandish claims have been
made. Some “miracle herbals” can actually be toxic.
From time to time, I might suggest makers of supplements
that I think are worth visiting on the internet. Read what
you can find, and make informed choices.
I welcome comments from people who have good or bad
experience from various supplement sources.