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Which types of vitamins should i be taking?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Multivitamin: In the ordinary western diet, vitamin deficiency is very rare. To ensure a good balance, one multivitamin per day should be sufficient unless your doctor identifies a specific deficiency.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

What type of vitamins should I be taking?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Multi vit.: Not sure you should be taking any. If you eat a healthy diet there is no need for supplementation. If you must take them get a good generic brand once a day. If you plan to get pregnant switch to a prenatal vitamin.
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Should I be taking vitamins?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: I advise everyone to take a good multivitamin. Very few Americans get the recommended allowance of all vitamins and minerals and even those who do benefit from taking higher amounts. I also advise at least 500 mg of Vit C 2x/day. All Americans (except those in the deep South) need 5000-8000 iu of Vit D3 in fall and winter months, year-round if don't get much sun. See http://tinyurl.com/mzrkbx8
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Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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While taking a multivitamin is wise, it's not a substitute for following a healthy diet so please eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (organic if possible) and minimize junk food, fried foods and simple carbs. Some multivitamins are far better than others- see my link above for more info. There is no downside to taking a good multivitamin and good evidence it can help prevent many illnesses.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Which type of vitamins should I use?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Start with!: Start out by taking a regular multivitamin with 100% of the mdr! see your doctor, and obtain a vitamin d level. I feel most people should take an additional d3 at the dose of 2000iu! but, vitamins are not the solution for replacing a healthy diet rich in vegetables and protein!

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