When you took multivitamins as a kid, they were likely animal-shaped and tasted like flavors that were meant to resemble fruit. Aside from their color, they were mostly the same thing, over and over, every day.
Most importantly, the multivitamin you take should be formulated to address your personal, specific health needs.
A multivitamin is a mix of vitamins where the measuring is done for you. A multivitamin serves you best when it is used to supplement a rich and healthy diet. Taking a daily multivitamin ensures that your body has everything it needs to maintain or even improve your health, but it’s time for you to rethink what to look for in a multivitamin.
What to look for to help support…
Healthy Eyes, Healthy Bones, and More
B vitamins — thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid and cobalamin (B12) — are important for basically everything necessary to live, down to the most minute mechanisms of your cells. In order for these vitamins to be effective, you need a functional dose. Look especially for a multivitamin with a complex mix of more than 10 mg of B vitamins in total.
Healthy Immune Function & Cardiovascular Health
Antioxidants, including grape seed extract, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, all help to manage inflammation and generally improve the body’s natural healing capabilities, as well as help to support heart health. A 300 mg daily dose of grape seed extract has been shown in scientific studies to benefit the body’s natural production of nitric oxide, improve overall cardiovascular health and support healthy blood pressure levels.
Optimal Digestion & Gut Health
Probiotics and digestive enzymes help support gut health and regularity by improving your digestive system’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat, as well as help fight off infections and aggravating molecules. Take something high in a well-studied probiotic with 1 billion CFUs or more.
Find One That’s Right For You
- Remember that some vitamins are fat soluble and should be taken with a balanced meal, especially if you aren’t supplementing with grape seed or another oil.
- Be sure to make a healthy choice when selecting a vitamin. Choose one that meets your nutritional needs while minimizing synthetic ingredients as well as artificial flavors and colors.