Living well with lupus

Should a person with lupus take extra vitamins and minerals?

Dr. Ronenn Roubenoff is a Senior Director of Immunology Medical Research at Biogen Idec, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.

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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.

Medically reviewed on July 21, 2013