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Multi Purpose Multivitamins

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In day to day life it is not easy to always eat a healthy well balanced diet, much less do it three times a day.  Many of us took multivitamins growing up as kids, but what about now as adults? Perhaps you don’t think you need to take a multivitamin now that you’ve stopped growing.  You should know that there are over 40 nutrients we need each day.

Vitamins are natural substances the body needs to grow and function.  Eating a variety of foods is always the best source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. But many of us fall short of meeting our daily nutritional requirements. Taking a multivitamin is one way to help bridge those needs. There are also times when people may not get enough vitamins and nutrients from the foods they eat like during pregnancy or an illness or if their lifestyle is always on the run and fast food become a staple.  Nutritional needs can change throughout various stages of life. There are multivitamins that are formulated to support such changes and many others.

There are a variety of multivitamins on the market that cater to a number of needs. Women’s vitamins may contain nutrients formulated for the childbearing age that includes iron and folate.  Men’s vitamins can be formulated with little or no iron as they usually don’t need it.  Vitamins for seniors take into account that absorption has slowed and that vitamin D will still be needed and vitamin B12 is easier to absorb as a supplement. Postmenopausal women may need to take vitamin D and calcium supplements for their bone health. Generally most multivitamins include:

Calcium                                    Iodine                                        Iron
Manganese                              Magnesium                             Potassium
Selenium                                  Zinc                                           Borate
Beta carotene                          Vitamin A                                  B Vitamins
Biotin                                         Vitamin C                                 Vitamin E
Vitamin D2 or D3                    Vitamin K

When selecting a multipurpose multivitamin that’s right for you, be sure to look at the percentages.  Choose one that lists most of the vitamins and minerals as 100% of the daily value. Multivitamins come in numerous forms from gummies, tablets, liquid drops, chewable and powders.

People who shun entire foods groups like vegans are good candidates for a multipurpose multivitamin as well. There are a variety of reasons people take vitamins. Some take them to stay healthy, lower risk of disease and also to improve nutrient intake. Although eating healthy is the best means of obtaining all the body’s needed minerals, nutrients, and vitamins, a multivitamin can be a good alternative.

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[http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/choose-multivitamin?page=1.]


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