Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 07, 2010

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Dan Benardot, PhD, RD, FACSM

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SPEAKER 1: Good. Up, it's all you.

SPEAKER 2: Here we go, here we go.

SPEAKER 3: I take a multivitamin every day. Is there anything more I should be taking when I exercise?

Dan Benardot: I think, as a first step, you should probably get a really good idea of what vitamins and minerals your diet is providing you, so that you can target which supplements you need, if you need any at all.

So think about doing a dietary analysis. You can go to mypyramid.gov, which is a website which will help you analyze the nutrients in the food that you have. It's a free site. And you can see if, in fact, your intake is marginal on any one of the vitamins or minerals.

Then, if it's marginal, perhaps the next time you have a physical, you can ask your physician to check to see if your blood values are normal. So have a really good look at what your health status is and your nutrient intake is, and then make a decision based on what you know, rather than what you think you know.