What the American Medical Association say about supplementing

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The reason I take a multi vitamin now is the quote below. As you know I am a sceptic – studying three science degrees has made me that way. Where ever there is money driving something I am suspicious and there is  plenty of money in supplements. But as with all things, the truth or something that satisfies me as ‘the truth’  can be found with a little digging and someone educated (re) assessment.

The American Medical Association (AMA) now encourages all adults to supplement daily with a multiple vitamin. Based on a landmark review of 38 years of scientific evidence by Harvard researchers, Dr Robert Fletcher and Dr Kathleen Fairfield, the conservative Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has rewritten its policy guidelines regarding the use of vitamin supplements. In a striking departure from its previous anti-vitamin rhetoric, JAMA (June 19,2002) now recommends that, given our nutrient-poor modern diet, supplementation each day with a multiple vitamin is a prudent preventive measure against chronic disease. 1, 2 The researchers point out that more than 80% of the American population does not consume anywhere near the five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables required each day for optimal health.

The American Medical Association (AMA) now encourages all adults to supplement daily with a multiple vitamin. Based on a landmark review of 38years of scientific evidence by Harvard researchers, Dr Robert Fletcher and DrKathleen Fairfield, the conservative Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) has rewritten its policy guidelines regarding the use of vitaminsupplements. In a striking departure from its previous anti-vitamin rhetoric,JAMA (June 19,2002) now recommends that, given our nutrient-poor moderndiet, supplementation each day with a multiple vitamin is a prudent preventivemeasure against chronic disease. 1, 2 The researchers point out that more than80% of the American population does not consume anywhere near the five toeight servings of fruits and vegetables required each day for optimal health”

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