Consider taking supplements if, like many Americans, you have trouble eating a daily meal that is both complete and well-balanced.
Your body will typically only absorb between 10 and 15 percent of the nutrients from vitamin and nutritional supplements if you do not have any dietary deficiencies.
Urine is used to eliminate the remaining 85%. Accordingly, $8.50 of every $10.00 you spend on vitamin and nutritional supplements may be lost to waste.
Even so, if your daily caloric intake is less than 1600 calories, taking one multivitamin (one that contains 100% of the RDA for vitamins and minerals) won’t do any harm.
However, a healthy lunch is irreplaceable. The best approach to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs for health is to eat a balanced diet that satisfies the RDA.