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An Overview of Multivitamins

Aug 17, 2007
If there is one thing that you do everyday, it should be taking a multivitamin. Although there are hundreds of different types of vitamins available, in most cases, the only thing you really need on a regular basis is a quality multivitamin. By taking a multivitamin every single day, you can ensure your body is getting everything that it needs to function correctly.

Choosing the right multivitamin for you can be a difficult task. With the wide array of choices and marketing ploys, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed when you are trying to make this decision. However, once you know what you really need to look for in a multivitamin, the task of making this choice becomes a much easier one.

To begin with, you should always select a vitamin that can be swallowed. Unless you are unable to swallow a vitamin, you should not pick a chewable vitamin. Virtually all chewable vitamins are designed for children. Although they work well for their target demographic, this in no way means that they are the right choice for you. Additionally, a chewable vitamin is not always as efficient at delivering nutrients. Vitamins which are swallowed ensure that you get one hundred percent of the the nutritional benefit because the vitamin dissolves directly in your stomach and can be easily absorbed by your body.

In addition to selecting a vitamin that you can swallow, you should also look for a multivitamin that contains all the essentials. Even though these vitamins vary in what all they contain, there are certain things that you should always look for. These essential nutrients include vitamins A, D, E, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B12, C, and folic acid. Additionally, you should select a multivitamin which contains minerals such as cooper, iron and zinc. Almost all multivitamins will have many more vitamins and minerals, but these are the ones that you really need to take in on a daily basis.

The last consideration you need to make is what group do you belong in. Although there are lots of generic vitamins that are made for any adult, there are just as many, if not more, multivitamins which are targeted at a specific group. It depends on your personal needs, but if you decide that you want to get a targeted multivitamin, it is extremely important to select the right group. Most multivitamins come in variations for men and women. Additionally, there are multivitamins which are specifically designed for the needs of older adults.

A multivitamin should be a daily part of everyone's life. By choosing the right multivitamin, you can ensure that you will get the nutrition you need each day.
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