Do Americans take too many supplements? Our diets are widely deficient in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and supplements because most of us don't eat a good and balanced diet and the food we are eating is processed, refined, and polluted.
Supplements are clearly needed for most Americans, especially those living in poverty and those who are elderly and unable to cook for themselves. Lifestyle is the best medicine. Yet is is still possible to OD on supplements, such as iron, calcium, vitamin A, and many others. Balance is the key and diet is the cornerstone. We need plenty of fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts, herbs and spices to maintain good health. Essential fatty acids are particularly important.