After the USDA’s Daily Food Plan is the best way to get all the nutrients needed in a healthy diet. However, if you do take a dietary supplement, you need to choose a supplement that contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Do not take more than 100 percent of the dietary reference intake, unless recommended by your health care provider. Some people may think since supplements are not prescription medications they do not have to read the labels and follow directions, or they can take double doses in an effort to get more nutrients, but that simply is not true. It is very important to take supplements according to label directions and advice from your health care provider.
Brenda Hill is a home and health educator with with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Cleveland County.