Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
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We need vitamins to live. We also need certain minerals. Together, these substances, which are naturally found in food, help our bodies grow and function. At times, adding vitamins and minerals to your diet can give your body a boost. But supplements alone cannot provide all that you need to stay healthy.
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Calcium is a mineral that helps us make strong bones and teeth. Most of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones. We spend almost half of our lives (30 to 35 years) building to a peak bone mass. Taking in enough calcium helps younger people build strong bones. Maintaining a safe calcium level helps older people limit bone loss.
Vitamin C Supplements
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Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid and ascorbate. This vitamin has many benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. This means that it fights cell damage in the body. Damaged cells increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C may help you resist these diseases. But does it help cure the common cold? Probably not.
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Iron helps the blood cells carry oxygen. When you don’t get enough iron, you may feel tired and lack energy. Anemia (“tired” blood) is a health problem that can occur when the body’s iron levels are very low. Our bodies don’t make iron, so we must get it from foods or supplements.
Vitamin E Supplements
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Vitamin E has more than one form. The natural ones are found in fats and oils. Man-made versions also exist. The vitamin E compound that is most useful in the body is called alpha-tocopherol. This is also the most common form of vitamin E. It can occur naturally or be man-made. No matter which form of E you take in, this vitamin offers benefits.