Multivitamin Diet Supplements: Good for Our Health?

10th January 2014

Multivitamins are now more than a century old and, in 2012, they remain hugely popular around the world. In the United States alone, they’re taken by over 40 per cent of a 300+ million population but do they actually work? It’s an unresolved issue that, if anything, recently-published study results have only made more uncertain.

What exactly are multivitamins? In essence, they’re preparations intended to supplement the dietary minerals and vitamins present in food. They come in many varieties, including tablets, pills and liquids and, in order to be classified as true multivitamins – in the US, at least – they have to feature at least three vitamins and minerals. Besides a host of other ingredients including zinc, iron and magnesium, multivitamins typically contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D3, E, H and K1.

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