Why take multivitamins?

This question is about Nutrition
Sarah Achleithner
Many people can benefit from a daily multivitamin to fill nutrient gaps. While you should aim to get most nutrients from food, multivitamins act as a good insurance policy to protect against deficiency and promote general wellness. This is especially true for people with increased nutrient needs, impaired nutrient absorption, inadequate dietary intake, and/or with certain pre-existing medical conditions [1]. 
Although the evidence for the use of multivitamins for disease prevention is mixed, they are generally well-tolerated and the benefits most likely outweigh the risks [1].
hand holding a variety of supplement forms


  1. Ward E. Addressing nutritional gaps with multivitamin and mineral supplements. Nutr J. 2014;13:72. Published 2014 Jul 15. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-72