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What Vitamins Should I Take?

by Andrea E. Gordon, M.D.

Q. What vitamins should I take?

A. It depends on your age, sex and overall health. A good multivitamin with minerals is a start since most of us don’t eat an optimal diet. If you are a woman who still gets her period, the vitamin should contain iron, but otherwise, too much iron can be harmful.

I recommend that everyone get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium in the diet per day and 400 international units of Vitamin D (800 if you’re postmenopausal). Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that protect the heart and can help with mood and inflammation. Other nutrients would be tailored to specific concerns like family history, arthritis or other medications.


ANDREA E. GORDON, M.D.,
is a board-certified family doctor practicing integrative medicine and assistant professor of family medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Malden, Mass.

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Last updated and/or approved: July 2010.
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