by Chris Ellis, Staff Nutritionist
Should I take a vitamin or mineral supplement? This is a question that I get asked very frequently as a nutritionist/dietitian. I have to look at each case individually–reviewing each person’s diet, lifestyle, and medical history carefully–because there are many factors to consider before I recommend one or several supplements. Everyone has their own unique body and their own special needs. In this day and age we have a lot of stressors and environmental toxins around us so that makes it different than 50 years ago. Our lifestyles are much faster and fuller than they were 50 years ago too and these all play a role in our nutrient needs. This article is a brief general introduction into the field of nutrient supplementation. It is a completely individual decision and I do not say supplements are for everyone. The world of supplementation is a wide topic and ever changing. It is impossible to cover all aspects but I will give you some basic information to reflect on and then you can pursue the idea and work with a medical/health practitioner/nutritionist to decide if this is the path you want to take.