Questions on Dietary Supplements

Changed on: 08.01.2016

Are dietary supplements necessary?

Are dietary supplements necessary?

Dietary supplements cannot replace a diverse and balanced diet. Furthermore, the consumption of dietary supplements cannot make up for an “unhealthy”, imbalanced diet. Dietary supplements are not necessary for the healthy, average population from a dietary perspective.  However, temporary consumption may make sense (e.g. folic acid for women who want to become pregnant) during very specific life stages (e.g. women who want to become pregnant, pregnant women, professional athletes). Sick individuals should always ask their doctor for advice before taking dietary supplements. Further information on the dietary-physiological assessment of dietary supplements can be found on the homepage of the Austrian Nutrition Society (ÖGE).

Can the consumption of dietary supplements help cure diseases?

Can the consumption of dietary supplements help cure diseases?

Dietary supplements that claim to cure various diseases (e.g. cancer) are frequently proffered by dubious suppliers. However, dietary supplements are no “cure” for anything – just like any other food. You can find more detailed information on dietary supplements on the homepage of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR, BRD).

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