June 2001 Issue

The Merits Of Multivitamins: ENs Guide To Choosing A Supplement

As dietary supplements go, multivitamins donít generate much excitement. "Multis" (multivitamin/mineral supplements) provide dozens of nutrients needed for good health, but they havenít sparked nearly as much scientific curiosity as some of their more famous components, such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. That hasnít slowed sales, however. Americans prefer multivitamins to any other dietary supplement. Smart move. Several published studies have recently suggested that taking a multi that provides about 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for most nutrients

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