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is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

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Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience Family Medicine
No: There are very few people who even need extra vitamins, let alone herbs and other supplements. My advise is to simply eat a balanced diet, and stay away from supplements of any kind unless your doctor actually diagnoses a specific deficiency.
Answered on Jul 29, 2014
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
According to the USDA, over 2/3 of Americans don't get the DRI of Folate, VIt E, Calcium & Magnesium & over 1/3 are deficient in Vit A,C,Zinc, B6 & Iron. Quoting a position paper from the AMA "Recent evidence has shown that suboptimal levels of vitamins, even well above those causing deficiency syndromes, are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer & osteoporosis."
Jul 29, 2014
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes,really can if...: A good multivit. can help you feel better if, like well over 90% of Americans, you're deficient in one or more vitamins or minerals. Even if you don't feel better a good multivit. can boost your immune system & help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. However, it is important to choose a good one. See http://bit.ly/18XyuLe & http://bit.ly/1b36cQ0 & my comment:
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
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As for milk thistle, it protects the liver from toxins but may also help type 2 diabetes and lower cholesterol. It's safe but can interact with many drugs so read about interactions at http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle Many multivitamins also include beneficial herbs like milk thistle but I would base my choice on overall quality rather than if it has milk thistle.
Jul 29, 2014

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