L'opinion de la docteure en nutrition, Isabelle Huot sur la prise de suppléments de multivitamines


Taking vitamins and minerals has been controversial for years. In theory, when eating optimally, the supplement is unnecessary. If the effect of supplements does not seem to give conclusive results on reducing the risk of mortality or cardiovascular risk, some recent data show that, in specific contexts, taking a supplement could be beneficial. The publication of a study last February reports in particular a significantly reduced risk of hip fractures with the taking of a vitamin and mineral supplement in the elderly. Other studies report positive effects on short-term memory.

Obviously, it is always better to bet on food to meet your vitamin and mineral needs. Besides micronutrients, foods are packed with other phytochemicals that explain their health benefits. For some, especially those who exclude food groups (vegan, vegetarian, followers of paleo or ketogenic diets) or who practice certain forms of intermittent fasting, taking supplements may be suggested. It can also be interesting in the elderly, who eat too little to meet their needs.

However, you must also be careful not to rely solely on the supplement to meet your needs. For example, someone taking this pill might believe that it is not necessary to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, since the needs are met by the supplement. Eating fruits and vegetables has many more benefits than just providing vitamins and minerals. Here are some examples :

  • They are rich in dietary fiber
  • They reduce the amount of calories consumed during the day
  • They allow you to create colorful and tasty dishes
  • They improve menu variety
  • They contribute to hydration
  • They promote regular transit
  • They provide a range of antioxidants
  • They are associated with reduced risk of CVD and cancer

Finally, it is your choice whether or not to take a vitamin and mineral supplement. Their long-term safety (more than 10 years) has been assessed. On the other hand, avoid at all costs mega-doses of isolated vitamins (A and E in particular) which, instead of protecting, are harmful to overall health.

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  • Isabelle Huot Docteure en nutrition

    @D.Cournoyer Wow! C’est super, merci pour votre témoignage

  • D.Cournoyer

    J’aimerais vous faire part de mon expérience de jeune intermittent…pour moi ,ça va super bien….j’ai 65 ans et avec les dernières années j’ai pris un peu de poids (pas bcp …) mais je me sentais serré ds mes vêtements…sans vraiment trop mangé…hormone. Et thyroïde…sûrement ont debalancé mon système..
    Mon but est de perdre environ 15 livres …pas plus ,juste pour être bien ds mes vêtements et moins gonflé..
    J’étais tellement motivée, car une collègue a perdu du poids et m’en a parlé….Je suis une fille qui mange très bien normalement et je bouge régulièrement…
    Le matin ,je n,ai jamais faim avant 10hres ou plus tard,donc c’est facile pour moi…et le soir ,après 19hres…je bois seulement de l’eau,et c’est très bien pour moi (une petite tricherie le samedi )…
    Je m’emmène des noix,dattes,fromage pour une collation vers 11 hre avant mon déjeuner /diner…,(2 ou 3 fois semaine,je me fais des smoothies très proteinés ) je prends 2 collations santé en pm…et je soupe vers 18hres..ça me convient très suis une habituée de fruits et légumes,alors assez facile…à date depuis janvier j’ai perdu 10 livres… lentement et c’est super bon pour moi…
    Je suis plus énergique et mon foie fonctionne mieux…
    De plus ma fille travaille en nutrition….alors je suis bien entourée!!
    C’est mon expérience..

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