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May 11, 2009

Multivitamins. Do We Need Them?

I ran out of my multivitamins and forgot to pick up a replacement bottle the last time we went to the store. Of course, it's an expensive item, so it begs the question:
Do we really need to be taking a multivitamin?

However, according to the NY Times, a government-funded Women’s Health Initiative research effort found that multivitamins do not benefit people in 10 of the categories that they studied.

No differences in the rate of breast or colon cancer, heart attack, stroke, blood clots or mortality.

Prevention Magazine asked three doctors to weigh in on the subject. All three leaned toward "yes." Criticism of the above-mentioned article cite that the study only follows subjects for 8 years.

All agree that a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and whole grains, a.k.a. a healthy diet, should prevent the need for a multivitamin. But how many of us really eat the way we should. The modern diet makes it way too easy to eat wrong. And considering the life-styles of our ancestors, it's not likely we're eating what our bodies were designed to process.

So, with that said, how do we find a good vitamin? How about one that is affordable? Can we trust all the hype put out by the manufacturers? What about conflicting messages from health care professionals on both sides of the alternative medicine track?

Me, I'm likely to go to WalMart and select their house brand of the Centrum-equivalent.

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Posted by linda at May 11, 2009 7:39 PM

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