La Peer Orthopedic Surgeon Talks about the Use of Multivitamins for Healthy People

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Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, Sanu Ahluwalia, MD, explains the efficacy of multivitamins when taken by healthy patients.

Sonu Ahluwalia MD
Multivitamins for otherwise healthy individuals are of no value.

During his weekly segment on Good Day LA, Sonu Ahluwalia talked about whether or not healthy people out to take multivitamins. He also discussed Kobe Bryant’s recent tibia injury after returning from a torn Achilles tendon. Dr. Ahluwalia is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at La Peer Health Systems, a world-renowned outpatient surgery center in Los Angeles.

The segment, which aired on Monday, December 23, 2013, looked at the lack of evidence for the benefits of healthy people taking multivitamins.

“It’s very clear,” said Dr. Ahluwalia, “multivitamins for otherwise healthy individuals are of no value. Multiple studies have shown that if you’re a healthy person and you eat regularly and you’re fairly nutritious, there’s no reason to take a multivitamin.”

However, Dr. Ahluwalia did point out that there are exceptions to this statement, such as when you are vitamin deficient, or you are mineral deficient for whatever reason.” Dr. Ahluwalia went on to say that “if there is a reason, take multivitamins. But don’t just pop pills.”

In addition to talking about the lack of efficacy of multivitamins in healthy people, Dr. Ahluwalia also explained Kobe Bryant’s recent tibia injury and how it may have been caused by overcompensation or lack of fitness due to his previous injury.

Sonu Ahluwalia, M.D. is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has privileges at Olympia Medical Center along with many ambulatory surgery centers, including La Peer.

Dr. Ahluwalia was born in New Delhi and grew up in India. He attended medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in India before moving to the United States in 1993. He received his medical training in Boston and New York until 2003 when he went into private practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Ahluwalia has been featured on television programs such as Fox 11 Los Angeles, Oxygen, Extra, Time: Health & Family and the Today Show for his expertise in orthopedic surgery.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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