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A 22-year-old male asked:

are multi-vitamins as good as getting usual/needed nutrients from food? i take centrum advantage/pharmacy brand depending on cost.

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nimish Gosrani
Anti-Aging Medicine 33 years experience
Multivitamins: Overall, multivitamins have not really shown to be of much benefit in terms of reducing risk of degenerative diseases.A good diet uses gives you all you need.However, you may need certain components as supplements , which are useful, for example vitamin d and some antioxidants.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is very good advice. Vitamin D and iron are often low in today's popular diets.
Sep 13, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Supplements: No, multivitamins are only a supplement to a healthy diet, not a substitute for it. That's why they're called "supplements.".

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