UAE pharmacies see near-doubling in demand for multivitamins, supplements claiming to boost immunity

SourceGulf News

Abu Dhabi: Pharmacies across the UAE have been witnessing a marked increase — sometimes as much as 100 per cent — in the annual demand for multivitamins and supplements that claim to boost immunity amid the global pandemic. And because many people opt for over-the-counter purchases, physicians have cautioned residents against allergies and unwanted side effects, urging them to first consult with a doctor. "The human body needs to consume at least 13 vitamins and 16 minerals regularly to function properly, and a well-balanced diet is the best way to obtain these nutrients. But because the modern-day diet is heavy in nutrient-poor processed foods, refined grains and added sugars, many people don't get enough nutrients from the foods they consume," said Dr Rakesh Kumar Khandelwal, internal medicine specialist at Aster Clinic, Barsha Heights.

"Dietary supplements seem to be the obvious way to plug gaps in diet. But taking too much can actually harm you. Moreover, some supplements can more...