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Dietary Supplements

Vitamins and minerals are key nutrients that your body needs to survive and stay healthy. Vitamins help your body grow and work the way it should. Some help to resist infections and keep your nerves healthy, while others help your body obtain energy from food or help your blood to clot properly. By following proper dietary guidelines, most of these will come from food. Similarly, minerals also help your body to function. Minerals are elements that our bodies need to function that can be found in the earth and in foods. Some, however, are only needed in small quantities. Just like with vitamins, eating a varied diet will help you get enough of most minerals. Getting nutrients from food is always the better option, but getting vitamins and minerals from a pill is always an option. Most older adults get all of the nutrients they need from food, but if you aren’t sure, talk with your doctor or dietician. They may recommend a dietary supplement or vitamin. It is important to be aware that

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