Vitamin supplements can help benefit your teeth

Published On: Apr 08 2013 07:57:35 AM PDT   Updated On: Aug 22 2013 10:37:05 AM PDT

By Albert J. Neri, Pure Matters

When do you need a vitamin or a supplement? Some researchers say that a daily multivitamin may be a good idea for most adults, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

That's not to say you should abandon good nutrition in your daily diet. If you eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, you're likely to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need.

If you take a dietary supplement that focuses just on one or two nutrients, you may end up with too much of those nutrients, interfering with the absorption of other nutrients.

What are vitamins and minerals?

Vitamins are complex organic micronutrients, which is a fancy way of saying that they work at the microscopic level to help your body carry on complex chemical processes. They have no calories themselves, and with a few exceptions, they're not manufactured inside your body. Some vitamins help in biochemical transformations, such as absorbing oxygen in the lungs. Others act as "antioxidants," protecting tissues from disease-causing damage and premature aging.

Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic elements your body needs to function. Minerals allow the body to build some structures and help trigger some bodily reactions. Iron, for example, is a key to the production of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Calcium is used to build bone and tissues. Zinc is essential for nerve transmission. Compared with vitamins, minerals have a very simple molecular structure. And unlike some vitamins, cooking does not destroy their essential nutrients.

Vitamin details

Here's a look at some of the important vitamins:

People in need

Some people can benefit from taking a supplement in addition to a healthy diet, however. According to the American Dietetic Association, a vitamin supplement may be helpful if you fit any of the following profiles:

If you believe you should take vitamin supplements, talk with your doctor or dietitian to make sure you are taking the correct amount and that the supplements are not causing an interaction with medications you take or conditions you have.

Source: Pure Matters