Throughout the month, our medical professional will answer some of the more common questions they get from patients. Emily DelGrosso, RD, CDN answers today's question about vitamins.
Q: Should I be taking vitamins?
A: Overall, eating a balanced diet should meet your vitamin needs. Your basic diet should include:
- Variety of fruits and vegetables
Choose whole, less processed foods whenever possible. These foods will pack more of a nutritional punch than their refined counterparts. Certain medical conditions, for example osteoporosis, or diets such as vegetarian or vegan, may warrant a vitamin and mineral supplement. Our area doesn’t see a lot of sun in the winter months, so your doctor may do bloodwork to check your Vitamin D level and suggest a supplement, if necessary. Take a good look at your diet and talk with your doctor and/or nutrition specialist if you think you could benefit from a supplement
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