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Do you think as a lacto/ovo vegetarian it is important to take a multi-vitamin? I have been looking for a vegetarian one, but they all seem to have way over 100% of the RDA of many of the vitamins. Is that even safe? What vitimins do you all take? Can you reccommend any that aren't really big?
 

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I don't think it's "important" but it might be a good idea for everone.<br><br><br><br>
The only thing with vitamins is that your body only uses what it needs, and the rest comes out through waste. So, if you eat a lot of fruit and take a vitamins that has vitamin C in it, you might be taking that vitamin for nothing.
 

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If you're eating a balanced vegetarian diet, there is no reason to take vitamins. Start learning about vegetarian nutrition here: <a href="http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/" target="_blank">http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/</a>
 

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In today's world, everyone has days when they don't eat a perfectly nutritious diet. So I would say a multi is a good idea for everyone from vegans to L/Os to meaters.<br><br><br><br>
There are two schools of thought on the US RDA values: (1) they're carefully researched, accurate for most people, and include a safety factor, and you should never take more than 100%; or (2) they're grossly inadequate and you need far more than 100% for many nutrients. I have seen both sides argued vociferously, and it seems difficult to find unbiased, trustworthy information either way. I honestly have not been able to reach a conclusion either way myself.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to avoid taking more than 100%, there is the Freedavite Tiny Tablet Moderate Multivitamin. I think I found it at <a href="http://www.vegetarianvitamin.com" target="_blank">www.vegetarianvitamin.com</a>. My only problem with it is that it only has 2% of certain important minerals like calcium. It's simply impossible to put a significant amount of the calcium RDA into a small pill.
 
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