Contrary to what most GPs will tell you, and according to a report from Natural Products UK:
Prominent medical researcher Professor Ajit Lalvani, the keynote speaker at the third meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Micronutrients and Health in London yesterday said "Vitamin and mineral supplementation can play a key role in tackling micronutrient deficiencies that are contributing to a global pandemic of chronic disease."
The contribution of diet to the global burden of diseases was enormous, he said, with "poor quality diet now the number one risk factor for premature death and disability". "For example, while the actual recommendation is to eat nine portions of fruit and vegetables a day, most countries advise 5-a-day. Since most populations don’t achieve 5-a-day, let alone 9-a-day (in Britain the average is 3-a-day, while some groups get none), there is significant prevalence of deficiency in folate, vitamin D3, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin C."
He added "Micronutrient supplements should form part of a healthy diet and lifestyle package and that food supplements have a crucial role in bridging the gap between what we should eat, and what we do eat."
Which is basically what we have been saying for more than 10 years!