Dietary Supplements

Should I Take Dietary Supplements?

Various research has been done on taking high-dose nutrient supplements.  Some has concluded that high-dose nutrient supplements can be protective against cancer.  Other research shows the opposite; that high-dose nutrient supplements can cause cancer.

For healthy people, obtaining nutrients from food is preferable to taking them in supplement form.  Foods such as fruit and vegetables contain a variety of beneficial substances including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

Cancer Council Tasmania recommends that people obtain their nutritional requirements from eating a variety of whole foods rather than taking nutrients in a supplemental form.  However, there are situations where dietary supplements are advisable.  For more information about this, speak to your GP.