Although not absolutely necessary for all, some of us require supplements more than others. If you eat a balanced diet full of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and high quality proteins, you may not need any. That being said, it is often difficult to be a model eater on a daily basis. In fact, research shows that only 12-13% of adults meet their daily recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables.
If you have days where you skimp on any one or more food groups on a regular or even semi-regular basis (whether by choice or due to a food allergy), then a multivitamin may be a great insurance policy. If you have a wheat allergy, celiac disease, or you avoid gluten, you may be deficient in vitamin B6 and folic acid.
Those with lactose intolerance may benefit calcium or Vitamin D3 supplements. Vegetarians and vegans may be missing B12, iron, zinc, calcium, and Vitamin D3. If you are pregnant or trying to have a baby, a pre-natal vitamin is indicated. It will have a baby-safe form of Vitamin A and extra folic acid and iron.
Those on a DETOX / ELIMINATION DIET can include protein shakes and supplement support. Events such a surgery and sports can place added demands on the body leading to increased nutrient requirements.
Remember that food should always be the best and first option to meet your vitamin and minerals needs on daily basis. When this isn’t enough, supplements can help!