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Supplement Savvy: Sorting the Must-Haves from the Pass-Bys #TheFitHappyMinute

Supplements have gained significant popularity, with a 2022 survey showing that 75 percent of U.S. adults take some form of nutritional supplement. However, the necessity of supplements remains a subject of debate among experts. While supplements are not typically the first line of defense for achieving and maintaining good health, they can be recommended in certain cases. This includes situations like pregnancy, lactation, special diets, deficiencies, and health improvement. Some supplements that have shown benefits in specific circumstances include prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, omega-3s, B12, iron, and magnesium. On the other hand, supplements like green powders, probiotics, and mega-doses may not have sufficient evidence to support their claims. When choosing supplements, it is important to look for high-quality options, consider mineral sources and competition, and pay attention to third-party testing. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if supplements are necessary and to monitor their effectiveness.

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