Pop:  When pregnant (or trying to be)

Folate or folic acid (what it's called when it's man-
made) is essential for any woman pre-pregnancy, as low levels increase the
risk of birth defects. So pop 400 mcg of folic acid
daily when you're trying for
a baby and during the first three months of
pregnancy. 

Don't Pop: When you're in an awful mood

Rather than resorting to
wine or ice-cream, a lot of
people tackle a low mood
with herbal supplements.
The problem is it also
interacts with more than
half of all prescription
drugs—like the Pill. So
unless your GP has
confirmed that it won't
interfere with any
medication you might be
on, make Brazil nuts part
of your daily diet—just
three a day provide your
recommended allowance
of selenium, a deficiency
of which has been linked
to depression and anxiety. 

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Pop: If you're Vegetarian 

When you include meat, fish, and dairy in your
diet regularly, Vitamin B12 and
iron aren't really things you
need to worry about—your
diet supplies more than
enough. But for those people
who eat very few (or no)
animal products, like vegans
or vegetarians, it's a
completely different story;
they often do need to take
Vitamin B12 and iron tablets,
as these are the nutrients that
keep your cells healthy.
"Consider iron supplements if
you have heavy periods,"
advises Price. 

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Don't Pop: When you're feeling under the weather

Do you stock up on Vitamin
C pills at the first sign of a
cold? Sorry, you're wasting
your time (and cash). In fact,
"Vitamin C supplements are
not dangerous, but they
have not been shown to
prevent colds," says Price.
"The truth is, most of us get
plenty of Vitamin C naturally
from our diets alone if we
regularly consume foods
like oranges, lemons,
broccoli, kiwifruit, and tomatoes." 

Pop: When missing the Sun 

Studies link low Vitamin D
levels with Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD),
plus it's so vital for healthy
bones. The best source is
sunlight, so during the cold
months when you're stuck
indoors, you may benefit
from a supplement of no
more than 25 mcg a day. 

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