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Vitamins and supplements: what you need to know before taking them

Vitamins and supplements: what you need to know before taking them

IF you were to open your medicine cabinet right now, there’s a fair chance that you’d find at least one bottle of vitamins alongside the painkillers, plasters and cough syrup. After all, people are definitely buying vitamins: in 2020, the global market for complementary and alternative medicines, which includes multivitamin supplements, had an estimated value of US$82.27 billion. The use of natural health products such as minerals and amino acids has increased – and continues to rise, partly driven by consumers’ buying habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Authors NEELAVENI PADAYACHEE, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of the…
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