Should We Take a Multivitamin?

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  • Hi Dr. Greger 🙂 i do not know if you'll see this because it was years ago posted.I do have a question for you though.I give my children a vegan diet.My one child is an extremely picky eater.I worry a lot.I do give them B-12 but at least once a day, almost everyday, my child does not eat.Even when we used to eat meat, this was almost always the case(unless we had Pizza).I would like to know, to fill her nutritional gap, should she be taking a multivitamin anyway?I worry.A lot…

  • I take a vitamin as a "just in case". I'm prone to anemia and am a vegan. I also wear sun cream every day. For this I feel B12, iron and vitamin D is important for me. I'm also breastfeeding a baby so I'm not the only person I'd affect if I had a deficiency. A multivitamin is cheaper than buying the 3 supplements combined, or at least it is at my local supermarket. Plus most of the others are water soluble (except vitamin A) so I figure it's not doing any harm.

  • The blind spot in all of this video's talk… is that:
    A) soil mineral depletion from modern agriculture techniques has stripped significant nutrient value out of our foods. Cooking vegetables also significantly depletes nutritional value.
    B) pesticide use, which can be very toxic to the body, is pretty high among fruits and vegetables.
    So, while the video is technically correct on the basis of these studies, its still not the capital-T Truth. The TRUTH is, the modern world has stripped foods of their historical nutritive values, and THAT is why supplementation is more important than ever. Especially when the gov't RDA values are a downright joke.

  • Multivitamin pills obviously aren't better than vitamins from fruits and vegetables, however, they're not really much worse. Also, most fruits and vegetables today are deficient in selenium, B12 and D3 (some fungi contain D2 though), as well as vitamin A (beta-carotene isn't vitamin A), so either way you have to supplement if you're on a vegan diet. I myself, I eat vegan and I take multivitamin pills (I also high dose A, D3 and K2).

  • let's tell the truth instead of Gregor's agenda. The doc is completely uneducated on the subject of food supplements in pill form, and merely seeks to drive his vegan agenda. Truth be known you can get the same substances, mixed, in pill form without having to eat two gallons of vegetable matter per day, and, a lot of other benefits as well–which the doc would know and understand, were he to bother to look at the extensive research on this subject.

  • Exactly right. A typical bottle of vitamin C of 1000 mg ascorbic acid can cost up to $29 per bottle depending how many tablets are in it. For $29 I can buy oranges, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, blue berries and get my vitamin C in a whole package and not as an isolated molecule that has been processed to the extent that it may be just worthless powder.

  • Multivitamins are for the deficient people. If they aren't getting enough from the food, or can't get enough from the food, they're not only useful they're lifesaving. Not to mention that they've been used to factually treat what were otherwise recognized as idiopathic disorders of CNS for example.
    The point being, no truly rational person expects that taking supplements constantly can really prevent anything… if nothing else this is unsustainable.
    But it's equally silly to think you can get it all from the food. Because that'd require a small fortune (each month!) a lot of conscious food preparation (hours and hours probably up to 8 hours per day spent on cooking and eating), and a meticulous track keeping of nutrient profiles, and adding and subtracting to make sure one has had the bare minimum. Even in this case, certain diets, like vegans will be deficient in certain nutrients as it's more likely for one to build a plane from scratch without having any engineering skills, than to eat their way to a recommended daily dose of EPA, DHA, Vit B12 or Vit K2 from plants.
    The video kind of pulls a strawman, no one's really saying suplements are protective, least in conditions caused by deficiencies, but they are excellent at what they do: "supplement" what's missing.

  • When using cronometer to log in my food and see how I fair out in vitamins and minerals, especially on a plant based diet, um — not much is lacking AT ALL. Like, what comes from the ground truly does provide more than enough to get us going.

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