Should a person with lupus take extra vitamins and minerals?
There’s no harm to taking a general multivitamin, which gives about one times the recommended dietary allowance of a dozen or more vitamins. In addition, certain minerals are usually not present in sufficient quantities in the average Western diet. Calcium is a good example: the current guidelines suggest taking 1200 mg/day for premenopausal women, but most women who don’t drink milk don’t get that much. Iron may be a similar example, especially if you don’t eat much red meat. Taking a multivitamin with iron and a calcium supplement will help you maintain your daily amounts of these nutrients.
is a Senior Director of Immunology Medical Research at Biogen Idec, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.