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Are vitamins and supplements a waste of money?

Posted at 5:05 AM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 09:13:23-05

It’s the new year and some of you may have new goals of living a healthier life, but adding vitamins and supplements to your diet may not be a good choice.

Most experts agree it’s best to get your vitamins from the food you eat.

You excrete anything beyond what your body needs and other vitamins stored in your body can cause issues if you take too much.

In other words, more is not always better.

We talked to dietitians at the Mayo Clinic.

They say consult a doctor to see if you are deficient in a certain vitamin

You might be if you are vegan, pregnant or have changed what you consume.

If you do take vitamin supplements, read the labels.

The dietitians advise not going over 100% of the daily requirement.

Also, know that other dietary supplements are not tested by the Food and Drug Administration before they end up on store shelfs.

It's also a good idea to stick with brands and names you know.