Multivitamins may not be useful for everyone

Since the iron in most multivitamins bothers my stomach, I’ve never gotten in the habit of taking them regularly. I do take kid vitamins that are iron-free, but that may not be necessary:

No large study has shown that multivitamins significantly benefit healthy men and women..but vitamins can be valuable in certain situations:

  • Folic acid supplements in women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant can help to prevent serious neural-tube defects that affect the baby’s brain and spine.
  • Supplements that contain more vitamin D and calcium than is present in regular multivitamin pills can help older men, and especially women, avoid osteoporosis and bone fractures.
  • Supplements of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper may slow the progression of vision loss in people with early macular degeneration.

And multivitamins are beneficial for some entire groups of people:

  • those on a very-low-calorie weight-loss diet
  • strict vegetarians
  • heavy alcohol drinkers

However, everyone can use some exercise.


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