The best way to get the nutrients your body needs is by eating a balanced diet. But it's not always easy to meet your daily requirements of certain nutrients from food alone. Tufts experts separate the facts from the hype on supplements. You'll find unbiased information on vitamins like B-complex, C, D and E, supplements like omega-3 and lutein and essential minerals like magnesium and potassium and how they can protect or, in high doses, even harm your health.
Current science does not support concerns that certain natural compounds meaningfully reduce the nutritional value of plant foods.
Subscribers OnlyMay 2019 — There are natural compounds found in many healthy foodsincluding leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grainsthat have been thought to potentially decrease the nutritional value of these foods. Sometimes called anti-nutrients, these compounds may bind with specific vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients, limiting their absorption by the body.