Vitamin and mineral all-rounders
While it’s always best to get your recommended vitamins and minerals from a well-balanced diet, supplements may be helpful to give your body a boost.
From supplements for vegans or vegetarians, through to vitamins that help maintain strong, healthy bones, your Discount Drug Stores team is here to discuss if vitamin supplements may be right for you.
Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, change or worsen talk to your health professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
- Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency worldwide, and it is estimated that 1.1 million Australians are iron deficient.1 Iron plays an integral role in helping transport oxygen in our blood, and not enough iron may result in a weak immune system and fatigue.
- Young women aged 18 to 30 and vegetarians and vegans are the most at risk of an iron deficiency, so speak to your GP to ensure you have healthy iron levels.
- Getting regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D, which is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones.
- To maintain healthy vitamin D levels, it’s recommended to aim for 10– 30 minutes of midday sunlight, several times per week – but don’t forget to wear sunscreen and sun protection!2
- Our bodies don’t produce calcium, so it’s important we get it from our dietary intake in foods like cheese, milk, yogurt or soy products and leafy greens.3
- Calcium is needed for our heart, muscles and nerves to function and to support strong, healthy bones and teeth. If you have trouble getting enough calcium in your diet, you may need to take a calcium supplement.4
- Magnesium plays an important role in the function of more than 300 enzymes that regulate processes in the body such as muscle and nerve function, heart rhythms and supporting the immune system.5 Magnesium comes from nuts like almonds, cashews and peanuts, spinach, dairy products, oats, chicken, beef and broccoli.
- Those with diabetes or older adults may need additional supplementation of magnesium in their diet.6
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- Pasricha et al Diagnosis and management of iron deficiency anaemia; a clinical update MJA 2010 193: 525 -532