Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: The Story So Far

Reema F. Tayyem
Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Sciences, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
*Corresponding Author E-mail Address: r_tayyem@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, a dietary supplement is intended to supplement the diet; and contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids; and other substances) or their constituents. Dietary supplement intake is remarkably increasing not only among the general population and all over the world but also among some communities and groups. Most persons use multivitamin and mineral supplements to ensure adequate intake and prevent or mitigate diseases. The commonly used over-the-counter multivitamin and mineral supplements contain at least 10 vitamins and 10 minerals.  Several in vitro studies and animal studies have suggested favorable effects of several vitamins and minerals on these processes and on angiogenesis, immunity, cell differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis.

Keywords:  Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Citation: Tayyem RF. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: The Story So Far. Canad J Clin Nutr 2018; 6 (1): 1-6. 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14206/canad.j.clin.nutr.2018.01.01

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