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What to Look for in a Women’s Multivitamin
Sometimes eating a healthy, well-rounded diet isn’t always enough to provide all the nutrients a woman’s body needs every day. A women’s multivitamin tablet fills these gaps, making sure that your body gets what it needs to stay healthy. However, it can be confusing to know what to look for in a womens multivitamin. Read on for some important guidelines.
If you are still menstruating, your body likely needs more iron. Also, since women are more prone to osteoporosis than men, a woman’s multivitamin often includes extra calcium. Postmenopausal women need less iron and vitamin K, but more B12 and vitamin D. If you’re pregnant or nursing, you’ll want extra folic acid, iron, and calcium in your tablet.
Other than these special cases, what to look for in a womens multivitamin is much the same as a regular multivitamin. You want a variety of water and fat-soluble vitamins – vitamin C, A, D, K, E, and the B group — as well as minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Many multivitamins now include antioxidants, too.
Make sure the multivitamin tablet bottle you choose won’t expire before you’ll use them all, and check the daily value (DV) percentages, as more is not always better and can actually be harmful to have over 100 percent DV of any vitamin or mineral. Also, check the label for any allergens. You don’t want to have an allergic reaction to traces of wheat in your multivitamin. Finally, look for the Unites States Pharmacopeia (USP) seal, which assures you that the supplement has been tested and actually contains the amounts of vitamins and minerals listed. These are some of the things you want to consider when thinking about what to look for in a multivitamin.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Vitamins12 Nov 2009|