Dr. Rachel Discusses Vitamins

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You need to eat your vitamins to be healthy, but do you need to take a multivitamin. Let’s ask the doctor!

Dr. Rachel explains what you need to know about vitamins.

Vitamins are compounds that are necessary for our body to grow and function.  We cannot make vitamins within our bodies, so we must obtain them from the foods we eat.

Americans are overfed but are not getting the 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need.  So you may benefit from a multivitamin.

Vitamins are either water-soluble or fat-soluble.

The water-soluble vitamins are not stored in our bodies, the these foods must be eaten daily, ideally in every meal.

If you eat more than the required dose of these vitamins, the excess is removed from our bodies in our urine.

And if you take more than you need you are just wasting your money.

The fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K are stored in our body.

Taking more than the recommended does of these vitamins can be toxic and lead to health problems, so beware.

The best way to meet your vitamin needs it to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of foods.

If you can’t meet your needs through food alone, because of a chronic illness, malabsorption, poor diet or because you are dieting, then you may require a vitamin.

Consider a multivitamin that contains minerals as well.  And make sure it does not contain more than the recommended dose of vitamins A,D,E, and K.

All brands of vitamins are basically the same so work with your doctor to puck the one that is best for you.

If you have a question, send an email to drrachel@wgno.com.