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Multivitamins

Why Take Multivitamins?
Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that your body needs every day to grow and maintain good health.

Ideally you would get all the nutrients your body needs from your meals and snacks throughout the day. This is possible, but it requires careful planning and knowing a lot about your foods.

The food choices you make and what is available to you may not always have all the nutrients that your body needs for good health.

The good news is that daily multivitamins can help your body get all the nutrients it needs to fight off illness and to better support your activities!   

Each vitamin has a special function in your body. For example, calcium helps you have strong bones and folic acid can help prevent certain illnesses such as heart disease, some cancers and even birth defects in babies!

Even if you don’t plan to become pregnant, take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day! This will help you prevent brain and spine birth defects in your baby if you ever become pregnant.

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Online Resources:

CDC’s information on multivitamins

Medline Plus

Spin the Bottle, How to Pick a Multivitamin

What to look for in a multivitamin supplement

How to Choose a Multivitamin

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