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Are slimming tablets safe?

Can Vitamin Pills substitute food?


Vitamin pills cannot substitute food. There's no substitute for a healthy diet. This is because food contains important components like fibre that one won't get from a pill.

However, there is a case for taking those vitamin pills. As we grow older, out body become less efficient at absorbing nutrients. A multivitamin with minerals will help you get them. Also, in situations where the body requirements for vitamins are in excess of what normal diet can supply, one has to take multivitamin supplements. Such conditions are - growing children and adolescents, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people who are ill or recovering from illness, and the elderly. But, as previously asserted, there's no substitute for a healthy diet.

In addition to multivitamin pill, the following are also recommended for a healthy living:

  • Calcium - to help build strong bones
  • Vitamin D to aid in the absorption of calcium, and to prevent bone diseases like osteoporosis
  • Vitamin E - to boost immune response, to maintain a healthy skin, lungs and alimentary system, and also to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Iron - to build hemoglobin and enzymes
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June 5, 2004