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What should I look for in a multivitamin?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on your age

To be prudent you should confirm your multivitamin needs and intake with your primary doctor. Your multivitamin needs, if any, will depend on your diet, health issues, sex and age.

In brief: Depends on your age

To be prudent you should confirm your multivitamin needs and intake with your primary doctor. Your multivitamin needs, if any, will depend on your diet, health issues, sex and age.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology

In brief: Wasting money

Multivitamins are a big scam by the industry, and can be dangerous as well as irritation to your GI tract.
If you have a specific and proven deficiency, then please take that vitamin. Otherwise, stop taking any multivitamin and save your money. Buy a membership in a gym and exercise more. Exercise has proven health benefits, while multivitamins do not.

In brief: Wasting money

Multivitamins are a big scam by the industry, and can be dangerous as well as irritation to your GI tract.
If you have a specific and proven deficiency, then please take that vitamin. Otherwise, stop taking any multivitamin and save your money. Buy a membership in a gym and exercise more. Exercise has proven health benefits, while multivitamins do not.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
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Dr. Randy Baker
With all due respect, there are many proven benefits to multivitamins. Even the AMA advises all adults take a multivitamin (see https://tinyurl.com/yase6zbg). According to the USDA over 2/3 of Americans are deficient in Folate, Vitamin E, Calcium & Magnesium and over 1/3 are deficient in Vitamins A, C and B6 as well as Zinc and Iron. See https://tinyurl.com/ybwlwuds for info on proven benefits.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: See below

There is no one best multivitamin.
For independent ratings of multivits see http://www.Multivitaminguide.Org/ any in the top 25 or so are good, but since 1/3 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid to the active form l-5-mthf i advise one that has that such as ultranutrient by pure encapuslaions or ultrapreventive x by douglas. Most people need an extra 5000 iu of vit d in winter months.

In brief: See below

There is no one best multivitamin.
For independent ratings of multivits see http://www.Multivitaminguide.Org/ any in the top 25 or so are good, but since 1/3 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid to the active form l-5-mthf i advise one that has that such as ultranutrient by pure encapuslaions or ultrapreventive x by douglas. Most people need an extra 5000 iu of vit d in winter months.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
There are also things you should look for to make sure they are absent; many multivitamins have artificial colors and unnecessary additives/preservatives including known carcinogens! My current favorite basic one-a-day multivitamin is O.N.E. Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations, though it doesn't include calcium or magnesium (so they can fit all the other stuff in). See https://tinyurl.com/ybwlwuds
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