As consumers, we’re constantly bombarded with advertisements that boast a particular vitamin or supplement is guaranteed to boost your health. But what can vitamins actually do for you? Are there some supplements that are better than others? In order to help you decide between calcium chews and Flintstone tablets, we answer the question: “What vitamins should I take?” based on your health needs.
Benefits of iron: Iron produces red blood cells. If you have a low red blood cell count (or are anemic) you may feel symptoms such as fatigue, loss of energy, dizziness, insomnia, headaches or leg cramps.
Who should take iron: Anemics and women who have anemia caused by pregnancy or menstruation
Benefits of folic acid: Folate is a nutrient found in many foods we eat everyday, including greens and whole grains. Folic acid contributes to our development as humans, and can reduce the risks of certain brain and spinal birth defects.
Who should take folic acid: Women, before and during early stages of pregnancy
Omega-3 fatty acids
Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 is the fat that’s good for you. It lowers your triglyceride levels and risk for heart disease and can also help fight against arthritis, depression, asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Who should take Omega-3 fatty acids: Anyone who has high triglyceride levels or may be at risk for the above-mentioned diseases
Benefits of calcium: Calcium makes our bones strong and healthy. A deficiency of calcium can cause stunted growth in children and low bone mass in adults, a factor of osteoporosis.
Who should take calcium: Children and adolescents who don’t get enough calcium in their diets, teenage girls and women, adults 50 and over
Benefits of probiotics: Probiotics are good bacteria that promote digestive health. Probiotics can actually rid your gut of bad bacteria and relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea and other stomach problems. It can also help women who have vaginal or yeast infections.
Who should take probiotics: Anyone with the aforementioned symptoms and diseases or anyone who wants to prevent a bacterial imbalance