How to Choose A MultivitaminheadingContent

Posted on October 11, 2013

Even if you eat a healthy diet, there are plenty of good reasons to take a multivitamin. In a perfect world, you’d get everything you need from a balanced diet full of whole foods, such as lean protein, whole grains and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

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Unfortunately, in the real world, many people eat a diet that is rarely (if ever) perfect. A multivitamin supplement is certainly not a substitute for healthy eating but they are designed to “supplement” a wholesome diet. Multivitamins can provide a safety net of important nutrients that may be missed on a regular basis.

But with so many options, how do you choose the right multivitamin to meet all your needs? Here are a few tips:

  • Read the label carefully. Labels list the nutrients that are included and the amounts contained within each serving.
  • Make sure you get the basics. The typical multivitamin contains about 10 vitamins and 10 minerals including vitamins A, C, D, E, K and minerals such as potassium and zinc.
  • Look for the extras. Multivitamins are available in a wide variety of formulas that are aimed at helping people with specific nutritional needs or conditions. Some of the more popular ones come with or without iron, or as high-potency formulas that contain at least two-thirds of the nutrients called for by recommended dietary allowances. Other multivitamins can contain additional select nutrients like antioxidants, or formulations that are specialized to specific conditions.
  • Select a multivitamin for your age and sex. Choose a multivitamin designed for your age and sex so that the nutrients included will be right for you.

Choosing the right multivitamin is not always easy. There are a lot of options to choose from. As with any other major change in your diet, be sure to consult your Tenet Physician before taking a new vitamin or supplement especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have a health concern.