vitamins or supplements it’s a question pharmacist Casey Brubaker gets all the time with dietary supplements. It’s really an umbrella term that contains vitamins supplements minerals any dietary supplements and it really refers to anything that.
You are taking to supplement your regular diet but she says there is a difference between taking a vitamin and taking a supplement vitamins are natural substances that are required for your body to function normally and remain healthy.
Whereas your more traditional dietary supplements are not essential there to promote health in other areas while some patients may only need a vitamin or supplement for a limited time.
Others may need one long-term patients who follow a vegetarian or a vegan diet for example will often have a low vitamin b12 so it’s important that they add that to their daily diet.
We want to make sure that you’re getting enough but we also don’t want too much because certain vitamins can build up in the body and then cause problems.
Later on before taking a vitamin or supplement it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure it won’t interact with other medications knowing what your body needs before you take a vitamin or supplement is important to improving your overall health.