I have a client who is still unconvinced of the benefits of taking a multi-vitamin. Where can I find scientific journals to back up my claim that multi-vitamins are good for you?
There are many people who disbelieve that multi-vitamins are an asset to our health, including some nutritionists/registered dieticians. Their reasoning is that we should focus on getting our recommended nutrients from food. This would be ideal. However, in today’s society, we do not eat the foods that provide us with those needed nutrients, especially for those who are trying to lose weight. Therefore, a multi-vitamin is for those who are not eating the perfect diet (unless a certain medical condition exists that specifies otherwise). It is an insurance plan that will fill in any “nutrient gap” that may exist.
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