Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements: Do You Need to Take Them?

While there may be a need to supplement our diet at certain times in our lives, the safety of taking a supplement also needs to be considered.

Eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods is the best way for most people to obtain the nutrients they need to be healthy and reduce their risk of chronic disease. However, there are some people who may need supplements to help meet their nutrition needs.

Healthy Nutrition for Healthy Teeth

Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, but did you know nutrition has an effect on your dental health, too?

By choosing nutrient-rich foods, you can build a path toward health and wellness.

What Is Potassium?

Potassium is a mineral that, among other things, helps muscles contract, helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of body cells, and helps maintain normal blood pressure by blunting the effect of sodium.

Learn about the vitamins and nutrients that are essential to a healthful eating.

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  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Healthy Nutrition for Healthy Teeth

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, but did you know nutrition has an effect on your dental health, too? Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    How Vitamin C Supports a Healthy Immune System

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system. Because your body cannot make vitamin C, it must come from the foods you eat every day. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    What Are B-Vitamins and Folate?

    Wendy Marcason, RDN

    The most common B-vitamins are essential for supporting your body's metabolism rate, producing energy and aiding your body in fighting disease and infection. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Iodine, a Critically Important Nutrient

    Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

    An essential mineral, iodine is used by the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormones that control many functions in the body including growth and development. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Easy Ways to Boost Fiber in Your Daily Diet

    Holly Larson, MS, RD

    Fiber is an essential nutrient. However, most Americans are falling far short of the recommended daily amount in their diets. Follow these tips to boost fiber in your diet. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Tips for Choosing a Nutrient-Rich Diet

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Because nutrient-rich foods are familiar, easy to find and represent the five basic food groups, achieving balance and building a healthier diet can be simple and stress-free. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Yogurt Mania

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    In the last several years, a mind-blowing 2,500-percent increase in sales of Greek-style yogurt have lead the charge in a diversifying yogurt section. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    What Is Vitamin D?

    Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN

    Vitamin D is a nutrient needed for health and to maintain strong bones. And, together with calcium, it helps protect against the loss of bone mass. Read More

  • Dietary Supplements

    Supplements and Safety

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    More is not always better, especially when adding supplements to your diet. According to research, higher doses of certain vitamins and minerals could actually increase your chances of heart disease. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Research shows that eating two 4-ounce servings of seafood per week reduces the risk of heart disease and related deaths. But, omega-3s are not limited to fish. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    The Season for Strawberries

    Kids are not getting the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, but red, sweet, juicy strawberries are one healthy fruit that you won't have any trouble getting your child to eat. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Do Kids Need Omega-3 Fats?

    In recent years, omega-3 fatty acids have become something of a nutrition star. But what are they and what can they do for a growing child's body? Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids

    Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets or defective bone growth. Make sure your child is getting enough vitamin D each day by including milk with most meals. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    What Is the Ancient Grain Freekeh?

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Freekeh is an old grain. Ancient, in fact. Compared to other grains, it is higher in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and lower in glycemic index. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Exploring Aromatics

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Aromatics are vegetables that deliver deep, rounded flavor and aroma when heated or crushed. Read More

  • Dietary Supplements

    Supplements and Men's Health

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Food should be your first source of nutrients and eating a balanced diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs, but dietary supplements may be necessary for an additional boost. Read More

  • Dietary Supplements

    Supplements and Ergogenic Aids for Athletes

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    All sorts of dietary supplements claim to make you faster, stronger, more energized and slimmer, but effectiveness and safety do not have to be confirmed before supplements hit store shelves. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Have a Brewski! 5 Ways Beer Can Help Your Health

    Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN

    When it comes to beverages with benefits, wine always seems to get the credit. If you're a brew lover, that might make you want to cry in your beer. But, like wine, beer delivers some decided perks as well. Read More

  • Eating as a Family

    How to Raise a Fish Eater

    What if someone told you there was a food that could improve your child's brain and heart health, takes only minutes to prepare and is packed with protein? Fish does all this...and more! Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    24-Carrot Health

    Did you know that feathery fresh carrot tops were worn to adorn hair in Shakespeare's day? Today, it's carrots' vibrant orange pigment, known as carotene, that's getting attention. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    Celebrate the Watermelon

    In addition to being a tasty treat, watermelon is a good source of vitamins A and C and contains lycopene, fiber and potassium. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    What Is a Whole Grain?

    Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease, lower body weight and reduce incidence of diabetes. Read More

  • Preventing Illness

    5 Top Foods for Eye Health

    Do your eyes have all the nutrients they need to help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other sight woes? Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Don't Forget the Dairy

    Now is a good time to brush up on delicious ways to include dairy foods as part of your healthful eating plan. Read More

  • Cooking Tips and Trends

    Do the Salsa

    Salsa is a healthy and delicious way to add the right amount of spiciness or sweetness to your dish. Read More

  • Kidney Disease

    Kidney Disease and Diet

    If your kidneys are not working as they should, your doctor will likely prescribe a diet with specific daily amounts of protein, sodium and potassium. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    The Roles of Vitamin A

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in immunity, the body's development and maintenance of major organs. Available in two sources, vitamin A is derived from animals and from plants. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    What Is Phosphorus?

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    While it doesn't get as much attention as calcium, phosphorus plays an important role. It's a building block for bones and teeth and is a key nutrient in helping the body use and store energy. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Eat Your Spinach

    Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Iron and Your Teen

    Poor food choices or restricting food to lose weight are two common reasons many teens don't consume enough iron when they need it the most. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    What Are Food Additives

    Food additives have been used for centuries to improve and preserve the taste, texture, nutrition and appearance of food. Read More

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