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Food supplements

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Vitamin and mineral supplements - Better Health Channel

Taking vitamin supplements is no substitute for a healthy diet.

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Children and vitamins

There are lots of vitamin and mineral supplements available for children, but are they necessary? Very few kids actually need to take supplements and get everything they need from a balanced diet.

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Vitamins - common misconceptions

There are many misconceptions about vitamins and the health benefits they offer. Vitamins play an important role in keeping the body healthy. However, taking large doses of certain vitamins can actually be harmful. For most people, it is best to get the vitamins our bodies need from eating a variety of healthy, unprocessed foods rather than by taking supplements.

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Vitamins and nutrition in pregnancy

Information on pregnancy vitamins and minerals including iron, folate, iodine, zinc, vitamin D and C, supplements, plus links to trusted resources.

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Vitamins, Supplements and Cancer | myVMC

Many cancer survivors use supplements to try to strengthen their immune system, help them to feel better, and to cope with stress. Most believe that there is a benefit in taking dietary supplements. Cancer patients will often home-research various herbal remedies and preparations, and then ask their oncologist whether or not it is all right to take them.

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I dont eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, should I take a supplement instead? Dietitians Association of Australia

Supplements can’t replace foods in a healthy diet – the best way for your body to get nutrients is from food. Foods deliver nutrition to the body over the course of the day giving your body time to absorb the nutrients, whereas a supplement delivers vitamins or minerals in a single, large dose.

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Vitamin and mineral (micronutrient) supplements

Here is what you need to know about the benefits for fertility and pregnancy health of folic acid, iodine, vitamin D, zinc, and selenium supplements.

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Vegan diets: everything you need to know Dietitians Association of Australia

Vegan diets: everything you need to know Vegan diets are a type ofvegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten

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Vegetarian and vegan eating - Better Health Channel

A well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet can meet nutritional needs during all stages of life.

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Vitamins and minerals: What's needed during pregnancy | myVMC

To avoid poor nutrition, pregnant women must consume a range micronutrients, to maintain specific body functions. Micronutrient supplements may be necessary for women who are unable to meet their demands for particular micronutrients from their diet.

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