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22, male: good health: what is the best multivitamin and what is a good food supplement i can buy from cvs ?

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Dr. Frances Ilozue
Family Medicine 25 years experience
In "Good health": If you are generally in good health and eat a balanced diet consistent of mostly whole foods instead of highly processed options , you do not necessarily need vitamins and supplements. Other doctors may have different opinion, so stay tuned.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, only 24.9% of Americans get the DRI of Folate (which lowers risk of heart disease and cancer),only 14.1% get the DRI of Vit. E, 27.1% get the DRI of Calcium,32% for Magnesium,45.3 % for Vit A, 51.7 for Vit C, 58% for Zinc, 64.7% for B6, 65.7% for Iron, 69.3% for Copper, 70.1% for B12, 71.7 % for Vit B1. Less than 10% of Americans get all RDI's from diet.
Oct 19, 2015
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Additionally, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get adequate vitamin D from diet in the fall and winter months, as we get D from the sun more than diet and the sun isn't high enough in the sky to allow us to produce D in winter. Most people need 4-6,000 iu of Vit D/day to achieve optimal levels. See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer to see why adequate Vit D is one of the best ways to prevent cancer, the flu and more.
Oct 19, 2015
Dr. Bishnu Subedi
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Multivitamin: They all have the same contents. It depends on which flavor you like.

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