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Should you take “senior” multivitamins?

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Q. Are any of those over-the-counter "senior" multivitamins and formulas helpful?

A. Although people spend billions of dollars every year on vitamins, there is little scientific proof that taking multivitamins or special vitamin formulas helps you live longer, feel better, or avoid disease.

In 2014, after a careful review of the research, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against daily multivitamins for otherwise healthy individuals. Despite this, sales continue to rise.

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