Thursday, October 18, 2007

Do you need a daily dose?

From the Victoria (BC) Times Colonist:
Millions of Canadians begin the day by popping a multi-vitamin/mineral pill.

It's a cheap and easy form of health insurance, right? Or is it too much of a good thing?

There's a lot of confusion about the ubiquitous little pills.

Health Canada won't go out on a limb and recommend them for anyone but women of childbearing age.

The Dietitians of Canada suggest a multi-vitamin for some segments of the population, but advocate food first.

The B.C. Ministry of Health website makes multi-vitamins sound like a good idea even for those eating well: "If you eat a healthy diet, taking a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement may be all you need to do in most cases." ...more

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