Nutritional Support (General)

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names

  • Vitamins and Minerals (General)

Uses

Principal Proposed Uses

Other Proposed Uses

There are two main ways to use vitamins and mineral supplements: "megadose" and nutritional therapy. The megadose approach involves taking supplements at doses far above nutritional needs in hopes of producing a specific medical benefit. This technique essentially uses nutrients as natural drugs. The individual supplement articles in this encyclopedia explain what is known about the potential risks and benefits of megadose therapy. This article addresses the second approach: taking nutrients at the level of nutritional needs. We discuss general issues regarding such "nutritional insurance" and indicate which nutrients you should consider taking on a daily basis.

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