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Should You Take a Multivitamin?

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Eating right, getting regular exercise and managing stress are all vital to achieving optimum health, but sometimes these just aren’t enough. While vitamins and supplements shouldn’t be taken as substitutes for a healthy diet, they can act as insurance against nutritional gaps in the diet and as added defense against increasing toxic pressures from the environment.
If you use drugs like alcohol, tobacco or caffeine, if you are under a great deal of stress or if you are sick, your need for some micronutrients and protective phytonutrients may be greater than your diet can supply. Because of all these variables, a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is the best way to ensure that you are getting what you need.
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