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Brits should not take supplements 'willy nilly'

Published on 20/08/2009
Many people are taking one supplement every day, a new survey has found.

A study by Healthspan suggested that half of adults in the UK take at least one, although a third are confused about what combinations to take.

Dr Sarah Brewer, independent consultant at Healthspan, said: " I think many people realise their diet isn't as healthy as they would like it to be. They are taken as a nutritional safety net to safeguard against lack of vitamins and minerals.

Commenting on the reason why many people are confused about which ones to choose, she added: "You should always have a reason for everything you take, you shouldn't just take things willy nilly."

Currently there are government restrictions that prevent nutrition companies from putting the benefits of their supplements on the packaging.

Many may be taking supplements as they are not able to reach their daily five portions of fruit and vegetables - in 2007 only 27 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women were able to consume five or more portions, the NHS found.
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