What's Ailing You: Vitamin supplements

This week, News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at natural vitamins, and whether it's a good idea to use vitamin supplements. Dr. Barry Boyd,

Vitamin C, is in citrus fruits and foods

Vitamin C, is in citrus fruits and foods like peppers, broccoli and tomatoes. (Credit: News 12)

BRIDGEPORT - This week, News 12 Connecticut's What's Ailing You looks at natural vitamins, and whether it's a good idea to use vitamin supplements.

Dr. Barry Boyd, the director of cancer nutrition for the Yale Health System, says that getting vitamins naturally is always the best way to go.

Vitamin C, for example, is in citrus fruits and foods like peppers, broccoli and tomatoes. Dr. Boyd says vitamin C deficiency can put you at risk of stroke and other health problems like poor wound healing and excessive exhaustion.

Dr. Boyd says more is not better if you opt for supplements instead of natural vitamins. Limit your intake to the recommended daily amount of milligrams.

Excessive use of supplements may have adverse effects. Doctors say to make a point of reading nutrition facts on food labels to get a handle on what they contain.

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More on this topic

Vitamins: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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