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The Benefits Of A Multivitamin

August 19, 2014, 6:11 PM by Brittany Larson

The Benefits Of A Multivitamin

For some of us, it can be a challenge to eat well 24/7. That's why Vikki Schaack jumped on the multivitamin trend a few months ago.

"I know I don't eat healthy so it's to make up for that. And I take those because they taste good so it's a little treat so it's not junk food," Schaack said.

"If you're not eating healthy and if you're not regularly getting in your 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables that are recommended you are probably missing out on some of those things," Avera Pharmacist Karen Hoffman said.

Avera Pharmacist, Karen Hoffman says while multivitamins can fill in some gaps in your diet, they don't replace all the nutrients found in whole foods and produce.

"I think it's more important to eat healthy because you're getting all of those nutrients from food and your body can utilize it much better," Hoffman said. 

Still, Schaack says she's seen some positive changes.

"I notice that my hair was thicker and again, I work in a greenhouse and I am lifting a lot of weight everyday and my finger nails aren't breaking," Shaack said.

Pharmacists say many people here especially in South Dakota, lack in vitamin D the daily recommended dose is between 2,000 to 4,000 International Units.

Vitamin D can help people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but if you are healthy you may not notice any changes in your health from popping the pill.

"It depends on if you're lacking something, because if you're getting enough in your diet you might not notice a big difference. But if you're lacking a certain B vitamin, you're going to probably notice more energy and less fatigue. But a lot of people don't notice a difference until they stop taking it then that's when they notice the benefit," Hoffman said.

Shaack says the vitamins she takes has increased her immune system.

I also take a vitamin C in the gummy form again because it tastes good. And at work everyone was getting this cold that circulated. I never got it, I never got a cold all winter," Shaack said.

Now her family is on board, too.

"They thought it was working for me so they wanted to try it," Shaack said.


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