People take multivitamins even without evidence of benefit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Americans spend more than 30 billion dollars a year on multivitamins and other supplements. Are we taking them on the advice of a health care provider or just because we "think" they'll improve our health?

A new study done by the National Institutes of Health found only 23 percent of people taking a multivitamin were doing so because their doctor recommended it. The rest thought it would improve their health or at least maintain it.

But FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean explains there isn't solid evidence that multivitamins help.

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