There are so many multivitamins on the market that it can be hard to not jump on the bandwagon and try one out for yourself. But do you really need a multivitamin, or is it just money down the drain? Experts believe that multivitamins can be indicated when a person is unsure if they are getting enough vitamins and minerals from diet alone. Particularly in the older population over the age of 60, factors such as decreased appetite and intake and reduced stomach acid for absorption can make it difficult to get the essential nutrients we know we need. In cases of reduced absorption, a multivitamin can be a reliable resource for someone who wants to ensure they are getting enough vitamins and minerals.
The Physicians’ Health Study II found that men who took a multivitamin, Centrum Silver, had an 8% lower risk of being diagnosed with cancer than men who did not take the multivitamin. While these are promising results, there is still a lot to be learned about the benefits of multivitamins. For example, which multivitamin is best? What type of diet and exercise regime produces the best results when coupled with a daily multivitamin? Can the reduced risk for cancer be applied to women as well?
Overall, there is no harm in taking a multivitamin if you’re worried about getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. However, don’t rely on supplements as your main source of essentials nutrients. Focus on your diet first, then try out a multivitamin if you feel like you need some support.
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