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To Supplement or Not?

Do you supplement?  I recently asked this question of my readers on Organic Beauty Source:

Do you take supplements?

This is one subject that I have always been torn on. On the one hand I feel it is best to get the vitamins, antioxidants and other good stuff we need for good health from the foods we eat. I mean, do we really know enough about supplements to trust that they are doing us good?

I was taking a calcium supplement until I read that it can build up in the arteries. Then I read that it is safe to take calcium as long as you take it with Vitamin D. Hmmmm…..that all seems a little suspicious to me.

But whenever I tell someone that I don’t supplement the response is “You don’t even take a multi-vitamin?”. What to do? What I always do…experiment!

So, today I went out and bought some vitamins. An article on Beautylish recommended certain vitamins for beauty and health: Vitamins A, C and D, plus Biotin which is a B Vitamin. I threw in some zinc because I have heard that it is easy to become deficient in this and it boosts your immune system, something I can use right now.

While I continue to research the safety and effectiveness of supplements, I am interested to see how taking these will improve the health of my skin, hair and nails.

I am re-posting this here to get advice from our loyal Feelgood readers.  Do you supplement?  If so, what do you take and why?  And if not, please fill us in on what you know.

Can’t wait to hear what you all have to say on this…

[Image:  Andrei Z at Flickr.com, Creative Commons license]

Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty Source.com, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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