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Are Multivitamins worth the money?

By February 21, 2009 - 4:18pm
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What is the truth about multivitamins? They are not FDA approved and I am just wondering if there are any regulations on the pills.

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Cindy, although there is no FDA involved in the manufacturing of vitamins, the FDA has specific guidance on labeling supplements and you can learn more about it by reading the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act(DSHEA) on this website.


I also have a posting that may answer your question when it comes to choosing a supplement and my preferred choices.


It is said that Americans have the most expensive urine. In other words, we are spending billions of dollars in this industry. It is a good idea to work with a healthcare provider before embarking on using vitamins. You may overdose with Vitamin A for example, although not all vitamins have overdosing effects, you may find your body just eliminating them via the urine. Nothing replaces good nutrition, and vitamins are taking to supplement the gap in nutrition. Vitamin D defficiency is high in our country, this is one I would recommend taking to ensure protecting benefits to nervous system, brain, and many other body systems. Work with a provider that can order a baseline test for all your vitamin levels. Insurance may or may not pay for it but it is worth it. It may save you thousands of dollars on purchasing vitamins you do not need.

February 22, 2009 - 2:00pm
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In my opinion, multivitamins are better than nothing if you have a poor diet but it is much better to vary your diet to make sure you are getting the types of real vitamins you need.

I'm not an FDA attorney by any stretch but they are regulated as to what claims they can make re: medicinal/health benefits.

February 21, 2009 - 9:46pm
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