Even if our diets is balanced and varied, certain conditions or events can put you at risk for a deficiency. Orthodox and natural medecine practitioners do not routinely agree on the benefits of supplements.
However, there is a general consensus that the following have nutrient needs that are less apt to be met through diet alone.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers who need larger amounts of many nutrients.
The chronically ill who take medications. Dozens of drugs inhibit nutrient absorption or deplete nutrients.
Heavy drinkers who may need folic acid, thiamin and other vitamins.
Cigarette smokers whose vitamin C levels are often low.
Dieterswhose calory intakes may not be sufficient to supply all required nutrients.
The elderly who tend to absorb nutrients less efficiently from foods.
Those recovering from infection or surgery Supplements may help the body overcome the stress of illness.
Vegans (strict vegetarians) who may need vitamin B12.