Go Natural For Nutrition

In today's busy world, many people get their vitamins and minerals by swallowing supplements, but experts recommend getting them the old-fashioned way: through food.

Nutritionist Samantha Heller of New York University

to The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith that food often contains necessary ingredients that aren't found in pills, ingredients such as fiber. And while there are even pills for that now, Heller notes that not all fiber is created equally.

Conversely, you can overdo it on some nutrients if you use pills.

What's more, compounds work together and are integral to each other's optimal function in the body. So, it's important to keep them in balance in the body; too much or too little of any one thing can knock that balance out of whack.

Simply put, Heller says, when faced with the choice of getting your nutrients from supplements or food, "Go for the food. It has to be the food.

"Food has so many phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, all packed together in that perfect package, to keep your body healthy. We just need to eat healthfully and have a variety of healthy food.

"You'd be a lot healthier and have a happier body. You want to maintain that internal balance of all vitamins and minerals and phytochemicals. That will keep you healthy, make you look good and fight off disease."