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What to Look for in a Multivitamin
Though the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need is by eating a healthy, well-rounded diet, it can sometimes be hard to fit in the optimum amount of nutrients. This is where a multivitamin tablet comes in. It fills in the gaps and ensures you receive the vitamins and minerals your body needs for peak performance.
Here’s an idea of what to look for in a multivitamin. The exact composition will vary depending on whether you need one tailored to male or female nutritional requirements, as well as your stage of life (prenatal, youth, menopause, seniors, etc.). Most will contain water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C and the B vitamins; fat-soluble ones including A, D, K, and a vitamin E supplement, and minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, and more. Some may also include antioxidants.
For women of childbearing age, what to look for in a multivitamin may include extra iron and calcium. If you’re an older adult, look for a formula with less iron and vitamin K and more B12 and vitamin D. Multivitamins designed for pregnant and nursing women pack in extra folic acid, iron, and calcium.
Finally, here are some specifics on what to look for in a multivitamin of any sort. Choose one with a good variety, and double-check the expiration date. If you have allergies, make sure it doesn’t include any allergens (egg, wheat, etc.). Don’t get one that has more than 100 percent daily value of any vitamin or mineral. So, a good multivitamin tablet might contian vitamin c or a good vitamin e supplement. And always remember that more is not always better!
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Vitamins11 Nov 2009|