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Adults urged to take daily multivitamin

According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the Harvard Medical School have concluded that everyone, regardless of age or health status, should take a daily multivitamin.

It's well known that the elderly and those who follow vegetarian or other restrictive diets face a significant risk of vitamin deficiency. However, the really interesting finding in this study was that even people who eat a normal diet may not be getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals.

The researchers reviewed studies published between 1966 and 2002 that investigated the links between vitamin intake and diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease. They found that low vitamin intake has been liked to a host of disorders.

For example, studies have shown that taking the B vitamin folic acid early in pregnancy can help prevent certain birth defects, while others have suggested the vitamin might cut the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Other vitamins, such as vitamin E, have been found to reduce cancer risk, and vitamin D plus calcium supplements have been shown to decrease the risks of bone loss and fracture.

Although vegans eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, they may not be getting enough of vitamin B12 or certain fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D, which are most often found in animal products.

As people age, they also become less able to absorb some vitamins from their diets, and research has suggested that people who drink alcohol may need extra folic acid.

Our pharmacy carries a range of multi-vitamin supplements to meet the unique nutrient needs of different individuals.