There are a lot of different multivitamins available, and not all of them are created equally. Before choosing a multivitamin, you should do your research to ensure that the one you pick is the one that will benefit you the most. Ask yourself these four questions the next time you go shopping for a multivitamin.
1. Does it offer a complete range of vitamins and vital minerals?
Multivitamins are designed to help you reach the daily recommended intake of several micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that your body needs to function at its best.1
Studies have shown that the majority of us are unable to do this through diet alone, taking a multivitamin is a beneficial supplement.1
Whether you need a daily pick-me-up or nutrient replenishment, taking a comprehensive multivitamin will go a long way toward helping you obtain sufficient levels of micronutrients in your diet.
Remember, when shopping for a multivitamin, it’s crucial to find one that offers you, the things you need.
A high-quality multivitamin offers a complete range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and B12).2
A multivitamin should also include a broad range of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, molybdenum, and chromium.3
Understanding the jumble of letters, figures, and micrograms relating to multivitamins can be exhausting. Fortunately, once you learn how to read labels, buying a multivitamin becomes simple. Supplement labels list ingredients in ascending order of predominance. Steer clear of multivitamins that contain a long list of additives.
2. Is it stimulant-free?
High-quality multivitamins should be free of stimulants. Stimulants may cause health symptoms such as depression, diarrhoea, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.4
3. Does it have the appropriate daily values of ingredients?
If you’ve chosen a multivitamin tablet with the required recommended daily allowance, you know you’ve made a great choice. Be sure to examine the ingredients in other supplements you are taking to prevent excessive intake of nutrients.5
4. Does it offer a complete solution?
In recent decades, the use of nutritional supplements has rapidly increased.6 One-third of adults and half of the population (⟩55 years of age) report taking at least one supplement per day.6
Multivitamins come in a wide variety of formulations and forms. The key to getting all the benefits from your multivitamin is ensuring you’re buying a good quality one and taking it daily.
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