Good nutrition is important at all stages of life. Everybody needs the same nutrients, but the necessary amounts vary with age, and diet doesn’t always provide all the nutrients you need from childhood through your adult life.
Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate dietary supplements; however, it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before selling them on the market.