A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement can help fill nutrient shortfalls «without concern for its long-term safety», says a new review paper from Germany.
The review of randomized, controlled studies that supplemented with least nine vitamins and three minerals at 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) concluded that «MVM (multivitamin/mineral) can be safe for long-term use (more than 10 years).»
«It also reinforces the safety for both the general healthy population and for vulnerable populations,» she said.
The Dietary Guidelines for Amercans should play a very important role in improving nutrient status, said Dr Wong. She added that consumers are looking at them, and the most recent version was very consumer friendly.
Americans are consistently falling short on a number of nutrients, she said, with nine listed as shortfall nutrients (potassium, dietary fiber, choline, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, D, E, and C), and four listed as «nutrients of public health concern» (calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D).
«We need to have better consumer education not only with industry but also with ehalthcare providers,» said Dr Wong. «How
much are you getting from your diet? That’s where you need that extra
boost. And it’s not about meeting EARs, it’s about meeting RDAs.»