This newspaper’s publisher, Leonard Woolsey, recently sent me an inquiry from a reader asking that I write on the topic of vitamins and supplements. Apparently, his wife takes a number of these over-the-counter products while he doesn’t take any. He wondered if he should.
My answer is, “It depends.”
Vitamins and dietary supplements are used for a broad variety of reasons but mainly for deficiency, prevention and therapy.
If you’re deficient in a certain vitamin, for example vitamin C, you need supplemental amounts in your diet or from a pill form to avoid the effects of the deficiency, which is