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A Daily Multivitamin: Dietary Insurance (by the Harvard School of Public Health)

March 18, 2004

It has been asked by millions of people "If you eat a healthy diet, do you need to take vitamins?" Not very long ago, the common answer from most experts and professionals would have been an emphatic, "No".

However, today there's quite a bit of evidence that taking a daily multivitamin makes good sense for most adults.

So why have the expert's opinions changed? Not only have scientists determined why we need pyridoxine (vitamin B6), but they are also finding substantial evidence that vitamin B6 and others do a lot more than ward off the so-called diseases of deficiency, things like scurvy and rickets. It also now believed that intake of several vitamins above the minimum daily requirement, as set forth by so many experts previously, may prevent a variety of cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases.

The following summary focuses on vitamins with newly discovered or suspected roles in promoting health and fighting disease. I…