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should i take vitamins?

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Dr. Paige Gutheil
18 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: I recommend the following to most people: -a general multivitamin -an omega 3 fatty acid supplement -an extra calcium with vitamin d (especially for teens and post menopausal women) -an extra vitamin d (ask for your levels to be tested) if you have chronic kidney disease, ask before taking vitamins.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Get a good multivitamin. The popular brands are typically very weak--just enough in them to put the ingredients on the label. Look for many of the ingredients to be several 100 % higher than the recommended daily allowance and you are headed in a useful direction.
Feb 25, 2014
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Not really: Nothing can replace a whole food diet rich in fruits and veggies. If you cannot consume this then a multivitamin may be necessary.
Answered on Jan 12, 2016
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
My take: A multi after your 40's is not necessarily a bad idea, particularly since I have a fairly good idea how long your days probably are doc. I just would take them at night, empty stomach, 2-3 x's a week tho. Should be plenty.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful.
Answered on Apr 7, 2020
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Vitamins are multibillion dollar industry and are consumed by millions without an justifiable reason. Eating a balanced diet is all you need to do. Do not waste money on supplements that will not effect your health.
Answered on Feb 25, 2014

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