Is Taking a Multivitamin Really Worth?

Is Taking a Multivitamin Really Worth?

Now a days many health experts and dietitians recommend us to take multivitamin supplements to cop up with daily nutritional need. According to one research, as much as 38% people take vitamins and dietary supplements to stay healthy or to fulfill daily diet requirements.
However taking multivitamins supplements without a strong and well researched reason is not advisable. People having nutritional deficiency which cannot be managed by dietary changes can get maximum benefit, everyone don’t need it.

Types of Multivitamin:

1. The Standard Multivitamin:

The standard multivitamin formula contains 100% of recommended daily intake (RDI) of nutrients which our body needs. These are the most effective and recommended capsule vitamins for people who do not get required RDI through diet, especially people living in low income areas. Studies have shown that there are no side effects of it and no benefit when taken by health people.

2. The Experimental Multivitamin:

Some vitamin supplement contains 100 % of RDI along with Additional elements such as Antioxidant or other phytonutrients (which are not clinically proved), these are referred as Experimental multivitamins.  Since these are not clinically proved, these combinations can have increased Cancer risk. Some example are Vitamin E related Antioxidants, Vitamin C and Lycopene. Ultimately these are high priced multivitamins which can be harmful to you if taken in excess.

3. The Surplus Multivitamin:

The surplus multivitamins are actually not vitamins, these are combination of multivitamin along with herbs such as ginger, garlic or any other herb which differs standard serving size and dosage. The combination of vitamins and herbs is not yet clinically proved hence these possess higher health risk.

Considerations before buying supplements:

Before you consider taking supplements, ask yourself a number of questions:
  • What are the potential benefits of taking this?
  • What is the proper dose for me?
  • Are there any safety risks with this product?
  • When and how should I take this product and for how long?

Negative Part:

Some vitamins may have a negative effect on certain medications. For example, “vitamin K can reduce the ability of blood thinners such as warfarin to prevent blood from clotting,”
Vitamin A is one that people should be aware of. Too much build up in the body can cause blurred vision, dizziness and bone softening. Even at lower doses, it is a risk during pregnancy – it can cause birth defects, therefore you shouldn’t take it if you are pregnant.”


It’s always advisable to seek professional advice before taking supplements. Speak to your family physician, especially if you take regular medication, or contact the supplement company directly

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