Diet Vitamins

Diet Vitamins – Get The Balance Right

They’re called by many names such as dietary, diet vitamins, nutrition, nutritional, diet, dietary supplements, etc. But no matter the terminology, a diet vitamin is intended to supplement a balanced diet, not replace one. Individuals who for whatever reason have a consistently poor diet and those with vitamin mal-absorption or vitamin deficiency diseases may benefit from a supplement or multi-vitamin.

Dietary supplements may contain one or any combination of the following: vitamins, minerals, herbs, enzymes and botanicals. Labels on dietary supplements, vitamins and multi-vitamins are prohibited by the FDA from claiming they cure diseases and disorders.

Who Makes Them

These dietary supplements and multi-vitamins are sold under a number of brand names including One A Day, Vitamin Shoppe, Atkins Diet, Olay Vitamins, Hydroxy Cut and Centrum.

Chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS, both sell dietary supplements and have their own brands of dietary supplements and vitamins. Diet/dietary vitamins can also be found at supermarkets, department stores and health food stores.

What's The Benefit

Many studies have been done as to the health benefits of various dietary supplements. For instance St. John’s Wort has shown success in treating depression, boosting the immune system and preventing insomnia. Kava Kava supplements may help relieve stress and anxiety and improve sleep patterns.

 The mineral molybdenum can reduce allergic asthma, while iron reduces fatigue and restores skin tone. A daily 5mg vitamin K supplement in combination with a 25mg dose of vitamin C can relieve morning sickness during pregnancy. Newer studies have shown vitamin B1 supplements can prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Physician’s can recommend dietary supplements to best treat individual patients.


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