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What should I know before I start taking a multivitamin?

Before you start taking a multivitamin, you should know that most people do not actually need multivitamins as balanced diets include the required vitamins. Therefore, most people are not likely to benefit from these vitamins. There are some vitamins that can actually be toxic if consumed in too great of doses. There are people with certain medical conditions who do not absorb nutrients in the diet normally, and these individuals may benefit from direct supplementation.

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