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Confusing media messages about taking vitamins lately. What should a normal healthy person take each day?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: GOOD MULTI IS WISE

There are no quality studies on the long term effects of multivits(there are some studies but they are very flawed-see www.
Nutraingredients-usa.Com/research/multivitamins-and-mortality-seeing-what-you-want-science)but hundreds of good studies showing benefits from many vits & minerals. It is best to get nutrients from our diet but a quality multiple is good insurance, as few have an optimal diet.

In brief: GOOD MULTI IS WISE

There are no quality studies on the long term effects of multivits(there are some studies but they are very flawed-see www.
Nutraingredients-usa.Com/research/multivitamins-and-mortality-seeing-what-you-want-science)but hundreds of good studies showing benefits from many vits & minerals. It is best to get nutrients from our diet but a quality multiple is good insurance, as few have an optimal diet.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Salad = mulitvitamin

You're right- lots of confusing messages about vitamins.
The final word hasn't been written yet either so there will likely be more info coming. In the absence of a specific deficiency (ie iron for iron dfcy anemia), for pts who are wondering if they should take a multivitamin "just because" i usually recommend they eat a colorful salad every day and consider that their multivitamin.

In brief: Salad = mulitvitamin

You're right- lots of confusing messages about vitamins.
The final word hasn't been written yet either so there will likely be more info coming. In the absence of a specific deficiency (ie iron for iron dfcy anemia), for pts who are wondering if they should take a multivitamin "just because" i usually recommend they eat a colorful salad every day and consider that their multivitamin.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Whole food

A lot of hoopla, hyperbole and hype about foods not being good enough.
Simply not true. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/ for list of foods that will help you meet your daily vitamin requirements. See my blog at mdprevent.Blogspot.Com as well.

In brief: Whole food

A lot of hoopla, hyperbole and hype about foods not being good enough.
Simply not true. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/ for list of foods that will help you meet your daily vitamin requirements. See my blog at mdprevent.Blogspot.Com as well.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine

In brief: No proof

Unless you are having a documented vitamin deficiency, there is no proof that taking extra vitamins help.
Most folks in the usa are deficient in vitamin d. Dr. Linus pauling suggests huge doses of vitamin c per day, but there is no real proof. Good diet and exercise is probably more helpful. Cut back on sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. If you are overweight, avoid fructose for now.

In brief: No proof

Unless you are having a documented vitamin deficiency, there is no proof that taking extra vitamins help.
Most folks in the usa are deficient in vitamin d. Dr. Linus pauling suggests huge doses of vitamin c per day, but there is no real proof. Good diet and exercise is probably more helpful. Cut back on sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. If you are overweight, avoid fructose for now.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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