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Multivitamin may help ward off the common cold

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With cold and flu season around the corner, many people may be looking to boost their immune system.  

While healthy foods are one of the best ways to ward off illnesses.  It is not always easy to fuel up on nutrient-dense foods.

"The kids are back at school.  Parents are taking them places.  We are doing more things and we sometimes forget about our diets and I think it is a good idea of supplement those," said pharmacist Marcie Keeler with The Hometown Pharmacy.

Keeler says a multivitamin usually does the trick for most healthy people.

"Unless there is a specific health issue, for most healthy adults and children, the multivitamin will suffice," said Keeler.

While the labels may be a bit daunting for some, Keeler says ingredients found in multivitamins are things that are found in the foods people eat.  

"Well the B vitamins help boost our energy and helps promote our nervous system and helps boost our energy. Vitamin C in important to our immune system and vitamins A and E are also antioxidants that help promote that," said Keeler.

Keeler says most vitamins won't interact with other drugs.  However, she encourages people to check first with their pharmacist or doctor.  

If you are looking to add a multivitamin to your daily routine, the Hometown Pharmacies offers free vitamins to adults and children.

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