Should you be taking vitamins?

J Fam Pract. 2016 Sep;65(9 Suppl):S1-S8.

Vitamin and Mineral Intake Is Inadequate for Most Americans: What Should We Advise Patients About Supplements?

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  • 1Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 2Linus Pauling Institute and Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA.
  • 3Nutrition Impact, LLC, Battle Creek, MI, USA.
  • 4Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
  • 5Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.


This supplement examines the role of vitamin and mineral supplements in increasing nutrient intake and reducing nutrient deficiencies and inadequacies. Although research is needed to study the effects of dietary supplements on chronic disease outcomes, US health care providers need to know how to advise their patients about adding vitamins and minerals to their diets.

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  1. patricia bowerman

     /  October 9, 2016

    Hi Shawn….I’ve been having a discussion with a network marketing company who advocates multi vitamins. How can I access the complete study you mention here?


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