Sunday, August 14

Multivitamin for women

Choosing the best multivitamin for yourself can be a perplexing task! With so many varieties on the market today, sorting through them may prove to be confusing. Use the following tips to help you choose the best vitamin for you.

Get the nutrients your need. Specific ingredients you should look for are: Vitamin A (or beta carotene), folic acid (folate), Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin B (thiamin), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B12, phosphorus (you need very little), iron (more for women and older men), copper, selenium, chromium, and zinc.

* Don’t bother with ones you don’t. There are many nutrients common in multivitamins that we either don’t need at all or simply get enough of from our food. These are usually added to make the claim of being “more complete”. Nutrients that aren’t really needed include iodine, manganese, chloride, molybdenum, boron, biotin, and panthothenic acid. It’s best to avoid these unless you’re deficient because it is possible to get too much of some vitamins.

* Be wary of “specialized” vitamins. There are a whole slew of vitamins out there designed to help you with specific things such as energy or hair growth. You’ll probably notice that these special vitamins are more expensive than plain old multivitamins. Before you buy, check the label. These special blends are often the same vitamin as the plain version with an extra ingredient or two added. You’ll often get the same benefit from the cheaper version. However, there are some special varieties that may be beneficial, such as those specifically for men, women, or seniors. Also, pregnant women should be taking prenatal vitamins.

* Don’t take too much. First, keep track of approximate amounts of nutrients in your diet. If you decide to take a multivitamin and another supplement, make sure they don’t overlap. For example, don’t take a B complex supplement if there are B vitamins in your multivitamin. If you don’t keep track, you could easily take too much which could create problems.

* Don’t rely on vitamins alone. The last important thing you need to remember is that multivitamins are supplements. This means they’re supposed to supplement what’s missing from your healthy diet, not replace a healthy diet altogether. Food is still the best source for nutrients and you should only take vitamins for what your diet can’t provide.

In combination with a healthy diet, taking a multivitamin can help you to stay healthy and feel good. You should take care to choose the best one for you.


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