Multivitamins ensure our bodies receive the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly. Most physicians agree that multivitamins support general health, and may ward off serious health risks. Researchers for WebMD stated that, “the risk of dietary deficiencies is greater than the risk of overdosing on a multivitamin.” Let’s face it, most of us are not eating enough key nutrients in our daily diet, so taking a multivitamin to cover those missing nutrients will benefit our overall health. Here are a few key tips to follow when buying a multivitamin.
5 tips to follow when choosing
1. How do I choose the right vitamin for me?
Since nutritional needs change over time, multivitamins are typically categorized by life phases. The most common categories are:
- pregnant woman
2. Does the type matter?
Over the counter vitamins come in many forms; capsules, tablets, powders, chewable, gummies and liquids. Each type of vitamin has a different absorption rate. Liquids usually absorb quicker, while capsules and tablets are slower due to their outer coating.
3. What should I look for on the label?
- Read the label carefully. Labels identify which nutrients are included and the amounts contained within each serving.
- Cover the basics. Make sure the multivitamin covers the following vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, B1, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, folic acid (B9), B12, B5 (pantothenic acid), biotin, A, E, D2 or D3 (holecalciferol), K, potassium, iodine, selenium, borate, zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, beta-carotene, and iron.
- Check the %. Try to choose a vitamin that provides 100% of the Daily Value for most the vitamins and minerals in that supplement.
- Easy does it. Try to avoid multivitamins that exceed 100% of daily recommended dose, because some supplements, in large doses, can build up and become toxic.
4. Does it matter when I take my vitamin?
Morning or night, the benefits of taking a vitamin do not change. I say, whenever you can easily fit vitamins into your daily routine is the best time for you! However, if you have a sensitive stomach taking them with food can lessen potential stomach discomfort.
5. Safety First!
The government sets allowable limits on most vitamins and minerals, which considers the nutrients provided in your daily food consumption.
- Vitamins are regulated by the FDA and are defined as products consumed by mouth intended to supplement the diet.
- Always look for multivitamins that meet the standard requirements of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) This will guarantee that the product is wholesome and contains the listed ingredients.
- Most importantly, always discuss the vitamins you are consuming with your doctor. They will be your ultimate resource for knowing if the vitamins you are taking are necessary, safe and will or will not interfere with any prescription medications you may be taking.