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A 18-year-old female asked:

What would be the best vitamins for a 18 woman trying to lose weight?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Losing weight: Vitamins would be the last thing to worry about when changing your diet and exercise and lifestyle to lose weight. In fact i know of no good physician that would even recommend vitamins as weight loss tools.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
I don't recommend vitamins as a weight loss tool but disagree that vitamins are "the last thing to worry about" when dieting.The USDA says less than 25% of Americans get the DRI (daily recommended intake) of Folate, only 32% get the DRI of magnesium, 45% for A, 14% the DRI of Vit E, 52% for Vit C, 58% for ZInc etc. Those on a diet are even more likely to be deficient & should take a multivitamin.
Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
I agree with Dr. Baker.
Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Good mulitivit. wise: Most americans eating a regular diet are deficient in some vitamins & minerals. When someone is on a weight loss diet they are even more likely to become deficient in essential nutrients. It's wise for everyone to take a multivitamin but even more important if on a diet! see http://bit.Ly/1b36cq0 for independent ratings of 101 brands; any in the top 40 are great! see http://bit.Ly/1dhw9ht re: diet.

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