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How to Know If You Need a Multivitamin

With all the conflicting medical advice out there, it's hard to know whether multivitamins are a daily necessity or a waste of money. What's a health-conscious consumer to do?


  • Step 1: Take it for good measure Take one a day for good measure. The important thing to remember is that vitamins can't replace nutrients that come from food. Strive to eat a well-balanced diet.
  • TIP: Don't take more than the recommended daily amount of a vitamin unless you are advised to by your doctor. You could do more harm than good.
  • Step 2: Supplement low levels Consider taking an extra supplement if your body is deficient in certain vitamins or minerals, such as vitamin D.
  • TIP: Many symptoms, such as fatigue, can result from vitamin deficiencies. When there's a sign something's wrong, have your vitamin levels checked by a doctor.
  • Step 3: Consider your profile Think about your unique needs. Pregnant women, picky eaters, vegans, and the elderly are examples of people who need nutritional supplements.
  • Step 4: Ask your doctor Ask your doctor if you should be taking a multivitamin if you're unsure. An expert's advice will help you make the best possible decision.
  • FACT: Some studies have found that high doses of vitamin E increased the chances of smokers getting lung cancer.

You Will Need

  • Well-balanced diet
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Doctor's advice

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