Mind & Body Fitness

In general, if we are not suffering from any chronic diseases, we can get enough vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet. Generally our plate should consist of 60% carbohydrates, 35% proteins and 5% fats. In addition we should have vegetables and fruits. This balanced diet is not difficult to achieve in our typical Asian diet.

As we are all aware, vitamins and minerals are micronutrients and are needed in very small amounts. The vitamins and minerals should come from the above balanced diet.

However, as recommended by the Mayo Clinic, Dallas, the following group of people need to take extra vitamins and minerals:

  1. Donít eat well or consume less than 1,600 calories a day
  2. Are vegan or vegetarian and eat a limited variety of foods
  3. Are a woman who experiences heavy bleeding during your menstrual period
  4. Have a medical condition that affects how your body absorbs or uses nutrients, such as chronic diarrhoea, food allergies, food intolerance, or a disease of the liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas
  5. Have had surgery on your digestive tract and are not able to digest and absorb nutrients properly

To sum it up, if youíre a pretty healthy person with a well-balanced diet containing a wide variety of foods Ė including fruits, vegetables, reduced fat dairy products, whole grains, legumes, lean meats and fish Ė you most likely donít need supplements Talk to your health care team and dietitian if you have questions or concerns.

- Dr. Harguth (Mayo Clinic)

Ref: Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service

Dr. A Wahab Kosai

Mind & Body Fitness