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Doctors, what are the benefits of multivitamins?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Supply essential: Vitamins that may be lacking in your regular diet. Thus, if you eat a normal balanced diet, you probably do not need vitamins. But a "standard" multivitamin won't hurt you either, so why not, especially if you have a poor or "on-the-run" type of diet where you may not get all the things your body needs. But expensive supplements are neither better nor necessary for most of us.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Prevent disease: There is a large body of research showing that that taking a multivitamin can help prevent heart disease, strokes, cancer, osteoporosis & degenerative neurological diseases like parkinson's & alzheimer's. Even the conservative mainstream ama advises all adults take a multivitamin! it's important to choose a good one-see http://www.Multivitaminguide.Org/ see my comment for jama's research summary:.
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
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May 14, 2013
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 40 years experience
Benefits: If you have a tested vitamin deficiency, then specific supplements are helpful. However, despite the massive sales PR from vitamin makers, most Americans have very little need for multivitamins, and they are dangerous for some patients. The benefits are mostly for them with your money going out, with little return for you. Save your money and buy a gym membership for proven medical benefits.

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