SHOULD YOU TAKE A DAILY MULTIVITAMIN?
You’ve probably heard about the studies and related editorial recently published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The conclusion was that for the average person vitamin and mineral supplements don’t provide any health advantage.
An additional issue not mentioned in the articles is that vitamins are, as an art collector might say, “of uncertain provenance.” Translation: a lot of them come from overseas and none of them are subject to review for safety or even accurate labeling before they appear on our supermarket shelves.
The moral of the story is, eat a variety of vegetables, include whole grains and beans in your diet and you’ll likely get all the vitamins and minerals you need. If you do need a vitamin supplement, check for a USP verification mark. This label means that the supplement has been tested and found to contain what it claims to in the amount it should. Or ask your doctor what they recommend.