The bottom line on multivitamins

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I’ve always been an advocate of taking a daily multivitamin. It just makes sense. Even if you’re a person who eats a healthy diet, you don’t always consume 100 percent of everything you need every single day.

A healthy eater can easily fail to meet the requirement for certain vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Full-blown nutrient deficiencies, which manifest with symptoms or disease, are rare in the United States, although they are common in underdeveloped countries. On the other hand, subclinical vitamin inadequacies can easily build up over time. These are associated with suboptimal health and increased risk of chronic disease. Symptoms include lack of general well-being, fatigue, lowered resistance to infection, impaired cognitive and psychological functioning (memory, concentration, attention and mood), delayed or impaired wound healing, high blood pressure, and poor dental and bone health.

source: florida today

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