The Journal of the American Medical association
“Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”
June 19, 2002Nutrition Digest published by the American Nutrition Association
“…minimum daily requirements are averages that might apply to the average person, but there will be people on either end of the bell shaped curve who may have other needs. Most of us are left with a common sense "middle of the road" approach. A good, preferably hypoallergenic, multivitamin and mineral preparation with adequate vitamin C and calcium and magnesium is a start. Hypoallergenic usually means made without milk, wheat, yeast, soy, corn, or fish.
Volume 35, No. 2 - July 2011Consumer Reports
“Most we tested were fine, so select by price”
“Experts agree that getting your nutrients from whole foods is best -- you reap all the benefits of each individual vitamin without the risk of side effects seen when
those same vitamins are taken in supplement form.
The science on nutritional supplements is constantly evolving, but it is unlikely that a single dietary supplement or vitamin will ever be a silver bullet for our nation's health woes. Your best bet is to discuss with your doctor
whether specific supplements or multivitamins are necessary for your individual health condition.”
February 2011Mayo Clinic
“Let's look at this way — do you eat a well balanced diet? If so, you may not need a multivitamin and if you take one as a "safety net" know that you may exceed what your body needs or can use.”
March 6, 2008How much do I need?
The Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration
- There are many brands of multivitamins to select from.
- The choice runs from local big brand nutrition and vitamin stores, as well as mom & pop stores to mail order houses.
- You can spend anywhere from several cents per vitamin to more than one dollar per.
- Check the numbers and check how you feel.
- Jay’s bottom line: Based on the above and the fact that most of us don’t have the time or habit of eating a balanced diet, take a multi vitamin daily - it’s the least expensive health insurance you can buy.