Messaging and Multivitamin Use: Rethinking the “It Can’t Hurt” Philosophy

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Fifty-two percent of American adults report use of a dietary supplement, most commonly for improved health and disease prevention. However, literature supporting such use is inconsistent. Many providers suggest that the addition of a multivitamin “couldn’t hurt,” but this messaging may promote unintentional consequences including a shift of emphasis on intake of healthy foods to nutrient supplements and a neglected opportunity to discuss the profound benefits of a healthy diet. Potential implications of such messaging and recommendations for counseling are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-245
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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