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This article was written on 01 Jun 2008, and is filled under Vitamins.

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The Nutrition Source – Vitamins

A daily multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy. Some extra vitamin D may add an extra health boost.

Vitamin pillsTrying to follow all the studies on vitamins and health can make your head swirl. But, when it’s all boiled down, the take–home message is actually pretty simple: A daily multivitamin, and maybe an extra vitamin D supplement, is a great way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy. The folic acid in most multivitamins helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns; it may lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer. Vitamin D from a multivitamin or single supplement can lower the risk of colon and possibly many other cancers.

Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. It’s important not to go overboard with vitamins. While a multivitamin and a vitamin D supplement can help fill some of the gaps in a less than optimal diet, too much can be harmful. In general, stick close to standard recommended doses.

Learn more about some of the vitamins with newly recognized or suspected roles in health and disease:

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