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Do I Need to Take Vitamins?


How much do vitamins impact your health? Dr. Allison Ferris, a Drexel Medicine primary care physician, shares her opinion on whether or not you need one.


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So I get lot of questions about vitamins and whether people should take them along with some other supplements. So, vitamins are important probably only in a few instances. The most important are pregnant women need to be on prenatal vitamins. Other than that, people who have a pretty healthy balanced diet, usually don’t need to take a multivitamin. As women get older, there is some school of thought that you should take calcium and vitamin D, although those recommendations have sort of been back and forth over the years. Other supplements are somewhat disease specific, so fish oil supplements in people who have high cholesterol. Sometimes there’s a prostate health supplement that some men take called saw palmetto, but other than that they should be very individualized.

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