Do you need to take a daily multivitamin?

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Is your daily multivitamin doing you any good?

Does your daily health regimen include popping a vitamin? How do you know if it’s doing you good? Over half of all Canadians take vitamin and mineral supplements, believing it’s best for their health.

Yet researchers are rethinking the importance of a daily multivitamin. The University of Minnesota found that women who took multivitamins over a period of 19 years did not live any longer than those who gave multivitamins a miss. Another study, led at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, found similar results in postmenopausal women.

Many experts, like registered dietitian and health educator Phyllis Reid-Jarvis in Winnipeg, say there’s not much to be gained from a multivitamin if you’re in normal physical condition and eating properly. “A healthy diet is the best source of vitamins and minerals for adults,” Reid-Jarvis says.

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