Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
7 Oct 2019
11:13 am

What you need to know before taking dietary supplements

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Supplementing with vitamins and minerals has recently shifted from trying to prevent deficiencies to supposedly enhancing health.

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Normally you should be able to get all the nutrients you need from a balanced diet. The fact though is that we are constantly exposed to advertisements for supplements and how they can make us healthier and more energetic. Dietary supplements are designed to augment your daily intake of nutrients, usually vitamins and minerals. Other substances in this category are: botanical (herbal) products, amino acids, essential fatty acids and oils, enzymes, probiotics and animal organ and glandular extracts. Dietary supplements are regulated to some extent, but not as strictly as medication. In South Africa, proof that dietary supplements are safe...