Why should women take a multivitamin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Multivitamins pack a lot of nutrition into one little pill. In this video, Dr. Oz reveals why multivitamins are absolutely essential for women to take.

Women should take multivitamin supplements if they are at risk of a particular deficiency or as a kind of insurance against becoming deficient.

Taking vitamins hasn't been shown to help prevent chronic disease, and they have not been proven to help you live longer. But for specific conditions, women may benefit from taking multivitamins.

Women who may become pregnant, for example, should get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid from natural sources, fortified foods or dietary supplements such as multivitamins. Pregnant women should also ask their doctor about taking prenatal vitamins, which should provide iron, a mineral, as well as vitamins.

For women in menopause, multivitamin supplements that include vitamin D can help maintain bone strength, along with calcium supplements. Women over age 50 should be sure to get adequate amounts of vitamin B12, whether it comes from fortified foods, a multivitamin supplement or a combination.

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