What are multivitamins?

Unfortunately, there is not a single definition of a multivitamin, also referred to as a multi, MVM, or multiple. Many multivitamins contain a combination of vitamins and minerals at or near the level of the Daily Value (DV) or Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). But some are combinations of vitamins designed to fit the nutritional needs of particular populations, such as seniors, women, pregnant women or children. Others provide nutrients that are intended to help people with specific health conditions, such as menopause symptoms, or provide another health benefit, such as weight management. And some may contain other ingredients besides vitamins and minerals, such as herbs.

If you choose a general multivitamin, keep in mind that it may not contain optimal amounts of vitamins you need in large doses, such as calcium. Also remember that manufacturers are not required to prove that supplements are effective. Choose one from a reputable manufacturer.    
Multivitamins on the market typically contain 10 minerals and 10 vitamins to supplement your daily diet, which is approximately the recommended amount of minerals and vitamins you should take in each day -- except for calcium, which is too bulky to fit into a multivitamin.

The job of a multivitamins, according to their makers, is to help build your immune system and reduce claim to help build your immune system and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and colon cancer.They do accomplish these goals, to some degree, but recent studies indicate that some vitamins are not what they are made out to be.

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In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vitamin supplements and provides recommended daily amount information. The FDA says that we should pay attention when considering vitamin supplements, because ...

frequently many different vitamins and minerals are combined into one product.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.