Choosing a Multiple Vitamin

Why Take a Multiple Vitamin-Mineral Supplement? Everyone should take a multiple vitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement. One double-blind study of healthy volunteers published in Psychopharmacology 2000;150:220–5, found that an MVM supplement significantly reduced anxiety and perceived stress levels, and possibly improved energy and the ability to concentrate. Preliminary and double-blind trials have shown that women who use an MVM containing folic acid, beginning three months before becoming pregnant and continuing through the first three months of pregnancy, have a significantly lower risk of having babies with neural tube defects (e.g., Spina-Bifida) and other congenital defects. In another double-blind trial, school children received a daily low-potency vitamin-mineral tablet containing only 50% of the USRDA for most essential vitamins and the minerals for three months. Dramatic gains in certain measures of IQ were observed in about 20% of the supplemented children. These gains may have been due to the correction of specific nutrient deficiencies … Continue reading