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Old 09-07-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Daily Multivitamins: A Ubiquitous Article of Faith

It's possible that most people will not benefit from taking multivitamins.

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Popping the daily multivitamin is as routine as the morning cup of coffee. Multivitamins are cheap and easy to access, giving people the quick gratification that they've taken a small step towards protecting their well-being.

Yet the goodness is an article of faith. A multivitamin is not an insurance policy against disease or a guarantee of longevity. It may, in fact, be little more than just another substance for the body to excrete, at least for a healthy adult.
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Old 09-08-2005, 06:42 AM   #2
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I think I still benefit from the multivitamins. All that article said was that they most likely do not prevent illness. I never thought they did to begin with! However, I know for a fact that I am not getting all of the nutrients I need daily in my diet, so I need the additional vitamins and minerals. Some have very important "jobs" in the body--they aid in digestion, growth, strong bones and teeth, and numerous other things. I think it is very misleading to say that most people don't benefit from multivitamins. No, they're not some super-pill that will prevent you from getting sick, but how many people actually get all o the nutrients they need to keep their bodies functioning properly from their daily food?
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:53 PM   #3
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I do benefit from vitamin supplements, but I don't take a multi. However, it is my opinion that adults in certain age categories often lack enough of some nutrients, specifically the B vitamins, calcium and iron. I think I feel better when I take a time-release B-C complex or sometimes I use sublinguial B. I occasionally take an iron tablet.
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:12 PM   #4
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I still take my mulitvitamins. It can't hurt, lol. I don't take excessive dosages of anything, just the usual one-a-day type. I also take fish oil capsules and folic acid. But I've stopped taking a lot of things I used to take, such as Vitamin E, due to a lot of negative studies lately.
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