Vitamin Pills Essay

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It is easy to find many different types of vitamin pills and nutrition supplements in grocery stores and pharmacies. According to the authors of Eat for Life, Woteki and Thomoas, “About 45 percent of the adult men and 55 percent of the adult women in the United States take a vitamin or mineral supplement either regularly or occasionally” (119). People may think that taking dietary supplements can increase their overall health, so they start taking multivitamins or specific vitamin pills such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B, or Omega 3 without understanding the supplements they are consuming. However, taking vitamin pills and other nutritional supplements is not effective in terms of increasing overall health unless they are used appropriately, and …show more content…
Essential vitamins and minerals can be easily found in common foods from the local grocery store. Vitamin C enhances immune function and assists in synthesis of hormones, neurotransmitters, and DNA. It can be found in fruits such as oranges, kiwi and strawberries, as well as vegetables like green and red peppers and broccoli. Calcium, which is a primary component of bone and muscle contraction, can be found in dairy products like milk, cheese, or yogurt. Vitamin B6 and B12 can be found in meat, cereal, grains, fish, and animal products (Donatelle and Patricia 202-205). If people eat a variety of foods which contain essential nutrients, there will be no need to spend their money on vitamin …show more content…
First of all, according to ‘The complete book of vitamins and minerals for health’, people need to check the label of vitamin supplements. The label needs to include all of the vitamins and minerals from the list of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances (USRDAs). It is a good idea to print out the list and compare them with the product they are willing to buy. Furthermore, some multivitamin supplements may not contain enough amounts of certain nutrients such as calcium or magnesium, so checking the label is always an important thing to do. Additionally, some supplements may have passed or close to the expiration date, so check the expiration date of the vitamin supplements (Vaughn and Sharon 51-53). Talking with doctors is the most recommended way before actually taking vitamin pills, but if not, people need to know the way to choose

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