Beyond a daily multivitamin, what other supplements are recommended for healthy adults?
Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, LD, RD
Nutritionist, WebMD Medical Expert
American Dietetic Association
Once-daily multivitamins/minerals geared for age and sex should take into account the changing needs of adult men and women. If you cannot tolerate dairy and do not eat calcium-fortified foods, you may need additional calcium beyond a multivitamin.
During childbearing years, it is essential for women to get adequate folate and iron in their diets or through supplements. Pregnant and lactating women have increased needs that require a special supplement during these times.
Vegetarians may need to add supplements, depending on the foods excluded in their diets. Smokers require an additional 40 milligrams of vitamin C that can easily be obtained from fruits or vegetables. In addition, some adults -- depending on their diet, health history, and where they live -- may require more vitamin D than the amount in a standard multivitamin.