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Members may easily track their daily multivitamin by clicking a check box to earn one point per day. Also, members may add any number of supplements (or medications) and receive a quarter point each day for the first four supplements checked.

What are Vitamins?

Vitamins are substances found in food. Most vitamins are substances the body can’t make on its own but that it needs to work well.

Vitamin supplements are pills, capsules, or liquids that have vitamins in them. Supplements are another way (besides food) that people can get vitamins.

Should I take vitamin supplements? — You probably do not need to take vitamin supplements. But it probably won’t hurt to take a multivitamin or small doses of individual vitamins.

Experts recommend that most adults get their vitamins from food rather than from supplements. That’s because eating vitamin-rich foods has other benefits besides getting you the vitamins you need.

What’s the best way to get the vitamins I need from food? — The best way is to eat a diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and not a lot of meats or fatty foods. Some vitamins are found only in animal sources, such as meat or eggs. But overall, fruits and vegetables have the highest concentrations of vitamins. Fruits and vegetables also have lots of fiber and other ingredients that promote good health.

Many multivitamins are formulated or labeled to differentiate consumer sectors, such as prenatal, children, mature or 50+, men's, women's, diabetic, or stress. Consumer multivitamin formulas are available as tablets, capsules, bulk powder, or liquid. Most multivitamins are intended to be taken once or twice per day.

Basic commercial multivitamin supplement products often contain the following ingredients: vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid (B9), B12, B5 (pantothenate), H (biotin), A, E, D3, K1, potassium iodide, cupric (sulfate anhydrous, picolinate, sulfate monohydrate, trioxide), selenomethionine, borate(s), zinc, calcium, magnesium, chromium, manganese, molybdenum, betacarotene, and iron. The amounts of each vitamin type in multivitamin formulations are generally adapted to correlate with what is believed to result in optimal health effects in large population groups. Pregnant women should generally consult their doctors before taking any multivitamins.

A 2006 report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded that "regular supplementation with a single nutrient or a mixture of nutrients for years has no significant benefits in the primary prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataract, age-related macular degeneration or cognitive decline." However, the report noted that multivitamins have beneficial effects for certain sub-populations, such as people with poor nutritional status, that vitamin D and calcium can help prevent fractures in older people, and that zinc and antioxidants can help prevent age-related macular degeneration in high-risk individuals.

Taken from Wikipedia, Multivitamin, and UpToDate.

Links & Blogs

Choosing a Multivitamin, CDC
Taking Multivitamins, MedlinePlus
Making the Most Out of Multivitamins, WebMD
Are multivitamins really good for me?
The Bottom Line
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