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Food 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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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, 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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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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Arthritis and nutrition - myDr.com.au

Researchers have been exploring potential links between diet and arthritis for many decades. However, there is little evidence to indicate that taking expensive food supplements or eating elaborate diets are any better than eating well-balanced meals.

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Scurvy returns to Australia due to poor diet - myDr.com.au

Scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C, has resurfaced in Australia in a diabetes clinic in Western Sydney. Symptoms of scurvy include swollen bleeding gums, joint pain and wounds that don't heal.

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Vitamin B

Vitamins naturally occur in food and are needed in very small amounts for various bodily functions such as energy production and making red blood cells. There are 13 vitamins that our body needs, eight of which make up the B-group (or B-complex) vitamins.

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