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Your best source for obtaining micronutrients is through whole foods. Various circumstances may prevent you from eating healthy - that's where a multivitamin may fill in the gaps. A multivitamin is a nutrition supplement that provides a variety of vitamins and/or minerals.
Some of the benefits include:
If You Are:
Leading experts from key health organizations gathered in 2004 at the Multivitamins and Public Health workshop to review the literature regarding multivitamin use. Their deliberations resulted in a peer reviewed statement advising all American adults to take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. It is difficult for many people to get all the necessary nutrients from food alone, but there are so many supplements on the market that it can be hard to decide which supplement to take.
What to look for in a multivitamin: 100 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for:
Avoid excess, choose a supplement with:
If you have questions about multivitamins, consult with your physician or a registered dietitian, especially if you have a chronic illness.
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