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Many good choices: Some multivitamins are far better than others. I recommend one that includes the active l-5-mthf form of folate as opposed to synthetic folic acid. These are few and far between. Nutri-fem by thorne ; ultranutrient by pure encapsulations ; ultrapreventive x by douglas labs are great options. Also see http://bit. Ly/1b36cq0 for ratings of 101 mulitivitamins. ...Read more
Anytime: It doesn't matter when you take them but as with all medications you should stick to a prescribed routine and don't exceed the recommended dose. For multivitamins (mvi) that is usually once a day and if its not at the same time each day its ok. Understand that in healthy individuals who eat a balanced diet there is no evidence that mvi's are helpful nor will they make up for an unhealthy diet. ...Read more
By eating well: Eat a varied, balanced diet that contains whole grains, lots of fruits, lots of vegetables, and lean meats (including fish). If you eat well, most of your vitamin needs will be met by your food. The exception to this is vitamin d. D is hard to get in sufficient quantity from food, so it's best to take a daily supplement. ...Read more
Multivitamins: There is no one "best" multivitamin, because people have all kinds of characteristics & conditions. Minimally you want to be sure your vitamin uses natural (not synthetic) vit e with mixed tocopherols & trienols. Many lower cost vitamins use synthetic vit e -- potentially damaging to your health. Also you want at least 1000iu vit d in it. Men would most likely not need iron, etc. ...Read more
MV: Centrum has good reputation, in my experience. ...Read more
Depends: The most important thing is too eat well and get 7-9 fruits/veggies per day, stay away from processed foods. Good brands are physician grade products since 50% of the over the counter products are junk. Try douglas labs, metagenics, pure encapsulations; they have vegan ones, capsules and tablets. Use one with iron for menses and one w/greens to alkalanize the body. ...Read more
Yes: Our food is not as nutritious as it used to be because of how it its grown, when it is picked and how long it is stored before we eat it. Processed foods are often even less nutritious. A good quality multivitamin can help to make up for some of those deficiences, but does not take the place of a good diet of whole foods, lots of vegetables and fruits with bright colors. ...Read more
Any brand: You can pick up any brand of multivitamins. ...Read more
Mutivitamins: If necessary for general health, my favorite would be centrum. ...Read more
Vitamins: If you are going to take a vitamin I would find a men's formula. You should avoid anything that has iron in it. But, as a person in the U.S. Do you really need vitamins? Our access to varied foods mean that most of us get all we need from the food we eat. Has a physician really recommended taking a vitamin? ...Read more
Probably unless...: There's no consensus but I believe the answer is yes unless you have an extraordinarily healthy diet. I don't know about the uk but in the us very few people get the recommended levels (rdi) of vitamins ; minerals from diet; even if they do there's evidence that levels above rdi can help prevent many illnesses. Some studies found little benefit but used poor quality vits. See http://bit. Ly/18xyule. ...Read more
None: No research data has shown that a daily multivitamin in an otherwise healthy individual will reduce disease burden or prolong life. It is by far best to get your nutrients by eating a healthy diet full of fruits/veggies, lean protein, and dairy. Also, nutrients obtained through food instead of a vitamin are better absorbed. ...Read more
If you are......: Pregnant, vitamin a is toxic to developing embryos in high doses. Prenatal vitamins do not exceed that dosage. They also have extra Folic Acid an often extra iron. Some also are including dha and lutein for your baby's developing eyes and brain. I would tell my own patients to take only the pnv. If not pregnant, taking 2 vitamins can give you toxic doses of vitamins a, d, e & k. ...Read more
Depends: Pure encapsulations has some good choices. Beware some common popular brands that have nickel and tin contamination from processing. ...Read more
Nutrients in plants: A large body of research shows benefits of eating fruits & vegetables; a main reason is the presence of phytonutrients such as carotenoids, lycopene, anthocyanins, astaxanthin, lutein etc. Small amounts of some of these are added to some multivitamins but this is not a substitute for getting them from your diet. Another good source is superfood powders like orac energy greens & vitamineral green. ...Read more
Vitamin: Unless your needs are special the walmart or walgreens or cvs brands of general vitamins are sufficient. ...Read more
Vitamins: Yes. It is safe. I believe that medicine would be neutral as to it being healthy or necessary. ...Read more
Not to worry: While most multiple vitamin formulations are designed to provide most of the Recommended Daily Allowances of vitamins for one day, doubling up occasionally will have no effect. Some of the vitamins are water soluble and any excess will be voided in urine. One day's extra amount will not be a problem for the fat soluble ones. This was probably just a mistake, but the gummies taste pretty good, no? ...Read more
Once daily is fine: If a person has knowledge of nutrition and has a very balanced diet, then he or she may not need to take a daily multivitamin because his foods contain enough. I recommend each person take a multivitamin because many people don't have a truly balanced diet. Some people also need extra vitamin d, calcium, folate, omega3, etc..., depending on individual issues. Generally, there are no side effects. ...Read more
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