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Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

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Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
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.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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."
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