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What should I look for in a multivitamin?

Start by talking to your doctor about whether taking a multivitamin is right for you and which type of multivitamin might be best. If you are pregnant, your doctor will probably recommend a prenatal vitamin for you. If you hope to become pregnant sometime soon, you should make sure your multivitamin contains adequate amounts of folic acid, important in the prevention of some birth defects.

If you are a premenopausal woman, your doctor might suggest a multivitamin plus iron to replace the iron you lose in menstruation. For older women and men, taking a multivitamin that contains calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 might be best. Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, avoid multivitamins that contain levels of nutrients that far exceed the Daily Value or Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of any nutrient.

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