If used properly vitamins and supplements can be an extremely effective way for you to immediately give your body the nutrients it is lacking due to your poor diet.

Nutritional supplementation includes the use of vitamins, minerals, and other food factors to support good health and prevent or treat illness.

Recommendation #1: Take a high-quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. For most people, a high-quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement can serve as a foundation of a nutritional supplementation program.

Recommendation #2: Take extra antioxidants. Most health-minded individuals are familiar with the terms ant-oxidants and free radicals. A free radical is a highly reactive molecule that can bind to and destroy body components. Free radical or "oxidative" damage is what causes aging.

Free radicals have also been shown to be responsible for the initiation of many diseases, including the two biggest killers of Americans---heart disease and cancer.

Antioxidants, in contrast, are compounds that help protect against free radical damage. Antioxidant nutrients like beta-carotene, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C are very important in protecting against the development of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic degenerative diseases. In addition, antioxidants are also thought to slow down the aging process.