What Are Daily Multivitamins and Should I Be Taking Them?

Most people take a daily multivitamin on the recommendation of their doctor but recent studies have reported conflicted findings about whether or not it is worth it to take a daily multivitamin.  There are many different multivitamins on the market from a variety of brands with an array of doses and specifically designed for different ages and stages of life.  Choosing the right multivitamin can be confusing and how do you actually know what you are getting in your multivitamin?  Additionally, if you lead a healthy lifestyle and eat a well-balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins and minerals do you even need to take a multivitamin?

There are not many studies conducted on multivitamins and of the ones that have been conducted, quite a few are inconclusive.  But, one thing that many agree on is that most people do not have a perfect diet where they get exactly the vitamins and minerals they need all the time.  While a multivitamin may not be a magic bullet, it could be the added boost to your health that you need.  Today describes why it is still a good idea to take a daily multivitamin, “Although it’s probably not going to help you live to 120, a multivitamin may help you live better — if your diet is less than stellar. “I take a … multivitamin every day as a little insurance policy,” said David Levitsky, a Cornell University professor of nutrition and psychology and also outspoken critic of supplement industry scams. While many experts disagree on the value of multivitamins, it’s important to look at all the evidence. “For certain groups of healthy people, especially those whose diet has nutritional gaps, a multivitamin can help fill in those gaps,” he said.”

Multivitamins ultimately help many individuals reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Though a multivitamin is not a guarantee you will not get cancer or heart disease, any reduction in the possibility is a good thing.  In the end, a daily multivitamin will not hurt your health and is much better for you than trying to guess what individual vitamins you need and taking high doses of individual vitamins.  When it comes to choosing the right multivitamin for your health it is always a good idea to consult your physician.  By doing so, you reduce the risk of any negative interactions with other medication you may be taking and help ensure that you get the ideal multivitamin for your unique health.