Experts agree it’s best to get your nutrients from your diet -- especially foods rich in antioxidants -- not supplements. But some people could benefit from a multivitamin, and many are deficient in vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and certain minerals.
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Stress ReliefWhy this mineral is a
30 - 40%
The percentage of American adults
deficient in vitamin D
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Vitamins & Supplements Q&As
Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Cardiology and Epidemiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Does taking antioxidant supplements improve health?
A study that pooled results from 68 randomized trials with over 230,000 participants offered evidence that taking antioxidant supplements is unlikely to help you live longer -- and in fact, some supplements may even be harmful.
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