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Are supplements really needed?

Are supplements really needed?

Listening to a promotional lecture on a recently launched nutrition supplement, I wondered how many normal persons would begin to take them and how many of those people really need them. A body-builder's comment in a health programme last week on TV informed the viewers that one does not get adequate proteins by eating food and therefore one requires supplements!

Misguided information about supplements is leading more people who need less or no supplements to take them. The irony in our country is that those who really need supplements are the hungry or undernourished people who cannot afford to buy them. On the other hand, those who can afford to buy supplements and do take them regularly, do not really need them because they can get adequate nutrients from natural food if they balance their food intake well. Supplements are best utilised by patients in a clinical set-up when properly prescribed by the dietitian.