Eating right and maintaining a regular diet are not always easy tasks and, in fast-paced everyday life, missing a meal or a food group can happen. What is an individual to do if they want to stay healthy and get their recommended doses of vitamins? They can take dietary supplements, the South African Mail and Guardian reports.
Vitamin and mineral supplements come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Nutrients commonly found in a typical tablet can include vitamins A, C, D and B complex. Together, these compounds help the body sustain and regulate nearly all of its organ systems and cellular processes.
Beyond multivitamins, single-ingredient supplements can offer potential health benefits, too. Fish oil pills contain omega-3 fatty acids, a group of unsaturated fats that has been associated with improved cardiovascular health. Omega-3s build up in the tissues of fish who consume micro-algae, which produces the nutrient to begin with.
Other common supplements contain acidophilus, echinacea, fiber, saw palmetto and ginger, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These extracts may contribute to an improved sense of health and well-being.