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5 vitamins worth taking

Find out which vitamin supplements are actually worth taking.

When vitamin boosts can be effective

Vitamin supplements have been getting a bad rap lately, leaving many of us feeling more than a little sceptical about an industry worth more than $1.5 billion in Australia alone.

So, is the quick fix to our problems simply taking a tablet each morning? We asked Adelaide Hills-based pharmacist Simon Dawe to help us cut through the hype around this industry and determine how effective vitamin supplements are for our health and wellbeing.

“In a perfect world, we’d get all the essential vitamins and minerals our body needs from our diet. But because we’re all so busy, our diets often aren’t what they should be.”

Based at The Green Dispensary in Stirling, Simon has been a pharmacist for over 20 years and is trained in how vitamin supplements may affect health conditions and interact with prescription medications.

Health tip

Always ask you Health Partners pharmacist for advice. A good pharmacist will have undergone training on the use of vitamin supplements and their effect on other medications. 

1. Vitamin deficiency

If you’ve been identified as having low iron levels, an iron supplement would be beneficial.

Similarly, people with osteoporosis will benefit from calcium supplements and, for many of us suffering from a lack of sun in winter, a Vitamin D boost might be helpful.

2. Pregnancy

Pregnancy multivitamins are beneficial to take before, during and after pregnancy. Packed with extra iron and folate, these multivitamins help prevent anaemia and serious neural tube defects in the developing baby.

3. Poor diet

If a week of working late has seen fast food become a too-common addition to your diet, a good multivitamin can help to ensure your body is getting all the essential vitamins and minerals it’s been missing.

And remember – the best brands are those continually updating their ingredients to reflect recent research.

4. Taking antibiotics

The world is starting to recognise the effectiveness of taking a probiotic to help protect and recover the gut against the side effects of antibiotics.

The health of your gut can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of other areas of your body, including your brain.

5. Chronic pain or arthritis

Most of us aren’t meeting the recommended weekly intake of fish and if you suffer chronic pain or arthritis, fish oil is a great natural anti-inflammatory.

Members Save 20%

Health Partners members with Extras cover save 20% off most non-prescription items at over 50 pharmacies around South Australia. Find out more .

20% discount is applicable to the participating pharmacy’s item price only (ie. discount not available on price-matched items) and excludes agency lines (eg. X-Lotto), Schedule 3 recordable items, and items already discounted by 40% or more. For personal use only. Health Partners membership must be financial and active at the time of purchase and discount is only available with presentation of Health Partners membership card.

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