because they have increased vitaminrequirements. Vegans may need tosupplement their diets with iron, zinc,calcium, and vitamins D and B12.
“Try to meet vitamin requirementsfrom food first, rather than relying on asupplement,” suggests Thompson.
Thompson also suggests talking toyour doctor, dietitian or pharmacistbefore taking any supplements(vitamin, mineral or herbal).
Try to meet vitamin
requirements from food rather
than a supplement
“It is important that health-careproviders are aware of what you’retaking,” she says. They can adviseyou if supplements could alter theabsorption of any medication you aretaking, as well as let you know aboutpossible side effects and potentialrisks.
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Before taking any supplement, lookfor its Drug Identification Number(DIN) or Natural Product Number(NPN). These numbers mean theproduct can be legally sold in Canadaand is effective when used according tolabel instructions.
“Take only the dose stated on thelabel and don’t take pills past theexpiry date,” adds Thompson. It is alsoimportant to read labels carefully tomake sure you are not allergic to anyof the ingredients.
When in doubt, remember that youcan meet your vitamin and mineralneeds by following Canada’s FoodGuide.
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For more about vitamins and healthyeating:
• See Eating Well with Canada’s Food
Guide at healthcanada.gc.ca
• Visit myhealth.alberta.ca or the
College of Dietitians of Alberta at
• Call Health Link Alberta at