According to the British Nutrition Foundation, “In general, eating a balanced and varied diet should provide sufficient amounts of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that we need, as well as important dietary components such as fibre and natural bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, without the need for supplements. It is important to remember that supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet.

There are some cases where supplementation is recommended, such as taking a folic acid supplement during pre-conception and early pregnancy, a daily supplement containing vitamins A, C and D for children aged 6 months to 5 years, and advice to consider taking a vitamin D supplement (10 micrograms per day) during the autumn and winter months.”

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