Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Do I Need Multivitamins?

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:42 AM

Question: My wife insists on buying multivitamins for me and our two kids. I say that we don’t need them if we eat right, which we do most of the time. What do you think?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Are you getting daily vitamins by following a healthy balanced diet, or should you worry about vitamin deficiency and take multivitamins? It is difficult to tell because there are terms that you need to know about your daily vitamin and mineral needs: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) use terms such as the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) and the AI (Adequate Intake) which are the amounts of a vitamin or mineral you need to stay healthy and avoid nutritional deficiencies. They are tailored to women, men, and specific age groups. The UL (Tolerable Upper Intake Level) is the maximum amount of daily vitamins and minerals that you can safely take without risking an overdose or serious side effects. For certain nutrients, the higher you go above the UL, the greater the chance of having problems. Dietary reference intakes (DRI) is the general term for a set of reference values used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people and values of DRI are available for all vitamins and minerals from the NIH.

Here's the bottom line: Recent NIH studies have indicated that supplementing multivitamins had no preventive health benefits for a range of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or premature death. Most researchers still advocate a balanced diet as the best way to get micronutrients.

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