Don’t rely on supplements

One of the Cancer Prevention Recommendations is to aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone.

The Panel recognizes that dietary supplements, in addition to varied diets, may at times be beneficial for specific population groups:

-vitamin B12 for people over the age of 50 who have difficulty absorbing naturally occurring vitamin B12

-iron and folic acid supplements for women who may become or are pregnant

-vitamin D supplements for infants and young children and for pregnant and breastfeeding women, although specific recommendations for iron and vitamin D supplementation vary between countries

In crisis situations it is necessary to supply supplements of nutrients to such populations or to fortify food to ensure at least minimum adequacy of nutritional status. For more read the WCRF website:

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