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Vitamins & Supplements Tips - Who needs to supplement

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Everyone should take a multivitamin. Increasingly, experts conclude a multivitamin pill daily may help fend off heart attacks and various chronic diseases
Over 50 needs B12. The FDA recommends taking vitamin B12 supplement (or foods fortified with B12) for everyone over 50 years old
Over 75 needs multivitamins. The elderly may need supplements because of poor diet, poor absorption, eating difficulties, medical problems, or medications
Pregnant women should supplement. A prenatal vitamin pill will fulfill the need for additional iron and folate to protect mother and developing child
Take folate if you are not pregnant. Folate is critical very early in pregnancy -- so take folate supplements even if you might get pregnant
Vegeterians need B12. B12 is only found in animal sources of food. If you are a strict vegetarian, you may need B12 supplement
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