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is a daily vitamin really helpful for adults ?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: The vast majority of americans do not get adequate vitamins and minerals from their diets. Quoting a position paper by the american medical association "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, and osteoporosis." more quotes below in my comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Quoting the AMA's Review paper: " A large proportion of the general population is apparently at increased risk for this reason...Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements." See http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=195039 for the full article. A multivitamin is not a substitute for a healthy diet but a good quality multivitamin is prudent insurance. Not all vitamins are created equal. Many have toxic additives and poorly absorbed forms of nutrients. See http://www.multivitaminguide.org/ for independent ratings of 101 multivitamins. Any of the top 40 or so on that list are good choices.
Jul 7, 2013

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