Taking ‘multivitamin’ without understanding it may not be beneficial.
At what age should it be taken, is it safe to eat these even if there is no health problem? How effective is it? Which ‘multivitamin’ should I take?
How many users know the answers to these questions?
In a report published on the RealSimple website, Baltimore’s Internal Medicine Physician Vivek Cherian discusses the complexities of multivitamins.
Multivitamin is beneficial for whom
Dr. Cherian said “On average, about 70 percent of Americans aged 60 and over take a multivitamin every day,”. That is why there is no way to call the habit healthy. Because the answer to whether or not you need a multivitamin is usually a simple yes or no. ”
Most people think that if they take a multivitamin, they will get all kinds of vitamins at once, so even if they do not get enough from food, there will be no chance of ill health.
Dr. Cherian said “There is no scientific evidence that this is actually the case, but many studies have shown that taking a multivitamin every day does not actually help,”.
He added, “There is no benefit and no harm. In some cases, the benefits are obvious. Such as memory loss with age, sudden changes in mood, etc. can be controlled. The practice of taking this ‘multivitamin’ can help reduce the rate of vision loss. ”
In general, it is not correct to say that there is no scientific evidence for this benefit.
Who should take multivitamins
Dr. Cherian said “If a person maintains a healthy diet, regularly eating fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, etc., then the necessary nutrients come from the food source,”. In that case, the multivitamin will not work. “
However, the number of people who are naturally deficient in Vitamin D and E is not small. And it is not easy to get these two vitamins from food. In that case ‘multivitamin’ is important.
“On the other hand, some medicines create malnutrition in the body. For example, diuretics are used to control high blood pressure, which can lead to deficiency of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Medications to treat heartburn can impair the ability to absorb vitamin B12. In such cases ‘multivitamin’ will be beneficial.
What to do to choose the right ‘multivitamin’
Dr. Cherian said “It is foolish to buy a multivitamin from a pharmacy without consulting a doctor,”. Nutritional needs depend on gender and age. We have to choose the one that can meet the daily requirement of nutrients. ”
However, the levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium in multivitamins are always kept low. After examining these issues, it is up to the physician to decide which one to choose.