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Tibor V. Varga

PhD student, Lund University

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Should we take vitamins or not?

Should we take vitamins or is a balanced diet enough?
It's very controversial, take sides!

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  • Jan 31 2012: I agree that this is too complicated for a yes or no answer. As a vegan I take a multi-vitamin to supplement my diet. I try and make sure I'm getting enough out vitamins and minerals everyday, but there are quite a few that my diet doesn't provide because I don't consume any animal products. A vitamin pill is necessary to make sure I'm getting enough Iron and B vitamins, because though they are available in plants it's not as available as in meats. To me a multivitamin is necessary, but for someone who's healthy and eats a well balanced omnivore diet I don't see them being needed unless you're deficient.
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      Jan 31 2012: This still misses the family history and the environment you are in.

      Do you know there is actually a (graduated) border that cuts through the US where those on the north side are much more likely to be vitamin D deficient with all the attendant chronic illnesses? I believe it is at 34degrees north.

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