Many studies have had inconclusive evidence in the benefits of taking a daily multivitamin/mineral. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate many multivitamins and supplements. Supplements may interact with medications, so talking to your doctor or dietitian about what supplements you are thinking about taking is important.
Some groups of people, even though they eat a healthy diet, may benefit from a multivitamin, for example, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, menopausal women, vegetarians or vegans, the elderly, or picky eaters. Certain health conditions may require additional nutrients such as lactose intolerance, celiac disease, non-healing wounds, chronic dieting, and gastric bypass surgery.
If you would like to get more information about vitamins and your diet or to schedule and appointment with a registered dietitian, contact HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000 to or visit us online at www.ejgh.org.