Multivitamin

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Multivitamins contain multiple micronutrients, such as vitamins and dietary minerals.

A multivitamin is any of a group of vitamins used often with minerals needed by the human body to function properly. Multivitamins are available as tablets, capsules, pastilles, powders, liquids, and injections. Besides injections, multivitamins are recognized by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (the United Nations' authority on food standards) as a category of food.[1]

Multivitamins are often provided with minerals. A multivitamin or mineral set is approved in the United States as a (supplement) addition to a diet containing 3 or more vitamins and minerals that does not include herbs, hormones, or drugs. [2] The terms multivitamin and multimineral are often used interchangeably. There is no scientific definition for either.[3]

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  1. Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 27 December 2007
  2. National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Panel. National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: multivitamin/mineral supplements and chronic disease prevention. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:257S-64S
  3. [1] Accessed 21 July 2009

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