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Choosing a Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

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Overview

A vitamin and mineral supplement provides a variety of nutrients that are also found in food. These supplements are often called multivitamins. They come in the form of pills, chewable tablets, powders, and liquids.

A standard multivitamin may contain:

The best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need is by eating a wide variety of healthy foods. A supplement can't make up for unhealthy eating habits. But some people may find it hard to get all the nutrients they need from food. This includes people who have food allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. A supplement can help fill in the gaps.

What to look for in a supplement

Other things to know about supplements


Credits for Choosing a Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

Current as of: February 28, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Clinical Review Board: All Healthwise education is reviewed by a team that includes physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals.


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