YOUR WORKOUT?

MOST OF US THINK THAT VITAMINS, PARTICULARLY ANTIOXIDANTS

SUCH AS A, C AND E, HELP US MAXIMISE OUR WORKOUTS. BUT THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE. THERE’S EMERGING EVIDENCE THAT ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENTS MAY ADVERSELY EFFECT:

supplements can be beneficial. These include life stages like menopause, puberty and pregnancy, or times when you have had an infection, Culverhouse explains. There is also evidence that certain minerals, such as zinc, are depleted in our soils due to intensive farming practices and that means the levels of those nutrients are sometimes lower in our vegetables.

Stanton also agrees that supplements have their place as long as they are not used instead of a healthy diet. Pregnant women need extra folate from food or a folic acid supplement for the first 12 weeks, she says. People with multiple allergies or food intolerance may also need supplementation and so do women with anorexia or bulimia until they recover to a normal diet. Stanton goes on to say that, Vegans need B12 supplements and anyone with diagnosed iron-deficiency anaemia needs an iron supplement.

But with iron it is important not to self-diagnosis as one in 250 people have too much iron (called haemochromatosis) and do not know. This issue may present with similar symptoms to anaemia, so make sure you consult with a doctor before taking iron supplements. Checking with your doctor will ensure that any supplement you are taking does not have adverse reactions with certain medicines or health conditions.

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