Vitamins and minerals are organic compounds that our bodies need to perform a variety of roles, such as strengthening bones, healing wounds and boosting the immune system.
A well-balanced diet can help you obtain the sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals needed. However, some people may still need supplements to correct certain deficiencies.
These people include pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly, people with poor nutritional intake, vegetarians and vegans.
Top tips to stay healthy:
- A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, reduced-fat dairy, lean meat and fish.
- Keep physically active with adequate sun exposure for vitamin D to strengthen bones.
- Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplements.
- Inform the pharmacy team if you are taking any regular prescribed medications as some medications can interact with certain supplements.
If you feel that you could be lacking in any vitamins or minerals, or would like more information, speak to our friendly Countdown Pharmacy team.
Written by Joanne Chong, Managing Pharmacist, Countdown Pharmacy Rolleston