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Is It a Good Idea for Adults to Take a Daily Multivitamin?

Millions of Americans take multivitamins, though the supplements’ popularity appears to be fading.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October found that the use of dietary supplements of any kind remained stable between 1999 and 2012 at 52% of adults in the U.S. But only 31% of those surveyed in 2011-12 said they took a multivitamin/multimineral product, down from 37% surveyed in 1999-2000.

That decline may reflect in part the release of several studies in the intervening years that questioned whether multivitamins had any benefit in preventing chronic disease.

But this case is hardly closed. Other studies have shown some benefit…

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 Is It a Good Idea for Adults to Take a Daily Multivitamin?

Some doctors say multivitamins can help offset the shortcomings of Americans’ diets. Others say they are an ineffective solution for that problem.


Multivitamin preparations contain a mix of vitamins which are essential to help our bodies grow, develop, and function properly. Most people get the vitamins they need from the food they eat, but if you are on a special diet or if you are unable to eat a well-balanced diet (as is the case for some young children or elderly people), then you may need extra vitamins.

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