What should a good multivitamin have in it?
Foods provide vitamin and mineral supplements that our bodies either do not produce or produce too little of. Often we do not eat enough of the right things and that is when supplemental vitamins and minerals become so important. These supplements; called multivitamins
, come in the form of pills, chewable tablets, powder, and liquids. A standard multivitamin usually contains three components: water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. Water-soluble vitamins
pass in and out of the body easily and do no build up in the body's cells. They include vitamin C, and the B vitamins: thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, B6, folic acid, biotin, and B12. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body's cells and do not pass out of the body as easily as water-soluble vitamins do. The fat soluble vitamins include: vitamins A, D, E, and K. Minerals are the last category included in multivitamin supplements. These minerals include: copper, calcium, magnesium, iron potassium, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. When you see multivitamins that contain other ingredients that aren't vitamins
or minerals these are often substances such as the antioxidants: lutein and lycopene.
Eating organic foods is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals that you need but with today's active lifestyles people are often too busy to make sure that they are getting enough out of each food group. Thus, there is a gap in nutrition that develops when the proper amount of each food source is not eaten. This is where supplements can become an invaluable part of your everyday diet. A supplement cannot make up for poor eating habits but many people find it hard to get all the fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods that their body needs. With the explosion in the supplement industry, it is sometimes hard to know which multivitamin might be right for you though. By following some general guidelines you can rule out what is not right for you, therefore greatly increasing your odds for utilizing a nutritional supplement that will suit your needs and be healthy for your body, at the same time.
When looking for a multivitamin supplement, choose one that provides a variety of vitamins and minerals, rather than a supplement that provides only one. It is most ideal to find one that provides no more that 100% of the FDA recommended daily intake amounts for each vitamin and mineral. Supplements that provide a great deal more than the daily recommended doses can cause health problems. This is especially important in regards to the fat-soluble vitamins, which are stored in the body. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, the fat-soluble vitamins stay in the body longer and can build up to dangerous levels. Be especially leery of higher than recommended doses of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Recommended doses of these are best. Always check the expiration date and do not buy supplements that are about to expire. Also check the label for other ingredients. Some supplements contain food ingredients that can activate allergies, if you are unaware that you are consuming them.
It is important to provide your body with a good vitamin supplement to fill the gaps where you may be vitamin deficient. The results will bring you optimum health.