The recent health craze that took off during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic ushered a variety of things – Keto diets, Intermittent Fasting, and more – seemingly in response to people world over getting into baking and cooking. Another thing it brought renewed focus on was multivitamins. An understandable state of affairs, honestly. Who wouldn’t want to boost their body’s natural performance in a time where a deadly disease is on the news 24/7?
Throughout the world, women have acknowledged that while they have tried their best to get their vitamins from the kitchen, realistically, it just isn’t enough.
But if you are going to be taking in multivitamins, you should at least know the ins and outs.
What Are Multivitamins?
Multivitamins are a laboratory combination of different vitamins, dietary minerals, and other nutritional elements – usually found in foods and other natural sources. They serve as a dietary supplement with vitamins and cannot solely be relied upon for nutrition. They are available in the form of tablets, capsules, pastilles, powders, and liquids.
What Is the Difference Between Women’s Multivitamins and Others?
Nowadays, different multivitamins for men and women are commonplace instead of the children and adult’s division seen earlier. This change, coupled with the multitude of specific categories targeted just for women (premenopausal, menopausal, pregnant, and breastfeeding), no doubt makes you wonder whether there is any difference or if it is just some sort of marketing ploy.
The simplest version of the answer is that we all require the same nutrients, but the actual quantities we intake can change based on age, gender, etc. Throughout their lives, women go through a lot – menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. So it is unsurprising that their needs are different in each of these cases.
For example, the difference between the iron present in a man’s and a premenopausal woman is staggering. Of course, when a woman is on her period, she loses a significant amount of iron which needs replenishing. And this is where multivitamins can help. Additionally, different multivitamins may contain higher concentrations of compounds believed to help prevent certain gender-specific cancers or herbs with gender-specific benefits.
What Vitamins Should women take daily?
With vitamin deficiencies commonly linked to chronic diseases, you mustn’t leave things up to chance. This is what you do when you don’t take advantage of supplementation and rely on natural sources because no area in the world has a diet providing you with everything you need from a nutritional standpoint. So take supplements, and if they are multivitamins, make sure they contain most of the following:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B-12
What to Consider When Buying Multivitamins for Women?
1- The Category
As discussed previously, these categories are premenopausal, menopausal, pregnant, breastfeeding, or senior. And each one of these categories provides the cocktail of nutrients you need at that moment which may vary due to several of them not reacting well to being taken, together as we will discuss. Alternatively, you might not want to intake too much of a specific nutrient at once, and it, therefore, can only be given in special situations.
2- Avoid Formulas with Calcium & Iron
A perfect example of what we discussed in the last section, some nutrients, like calcium and iron, are best taken separately. Reason being that calcium can interfere with iron’s absorption, which isn’t ideal if you’re taking iron for specific health reasons (iron deficiency anemia or heavy menstrual periods). Therefore, unless against doctor prescription, it is best to switch between taking one or the other based on the situation.
3- Activated Nutrients
Activated Nutrients allow you to skip a step of breakdown in your body and are often labeled differently on the container. These nutrients allow for better absorption and sound investment if you need nutrients in urgent situations as they act quicker. But this does not mean they are not otherwise helpful – better absorption is best for all. However, they are slightly more expensive.
4- Avoid Synthetic Folic Acid
While there is nothing inherently wrong with the acid itself, some people have a genetic mutation that prevents their bodies from easily converting folic acid to its active form called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). So it is simply a waste. For most people, you won’t even know if you have this gene defect. Thus, it’s best to opt for natural folate in the form of leafy greens, citrus fruits, legumes, and avocados.
6- Vitamin E Complex
Also known as mixed tocopherols, this version of Vitamin E includes alpha, beta delta, and gamma. This combination is essential as they help to protect your body’s cells from damage. It also has the added advantage of being an antioxidant.
If you struggle with a rare vitamin E deficiency, this is crucial for you.
7 -Beware of additives
Additives are anything unessential to the product that is either there to drive up the price or be actively harmful. They might also come in the form of preservatives increasing shelf life – but these are usually less effective than the norm.
Ensure your multi doesn’t contain added synthetic colors, fillers, any other ingredients that you don’t recognize. It’s always best to buy clean, natural products.
8 – Doctors Recommendation
Admittedly this is not necessary, and it is a rare few people that actually like going to the doctor. But harm no foul, right?
Your doctor is essentially paid to know better than you when it comes to your well-being, and it is always best to ask for their blessing when beginning to take a new product with help impacts. Better safe than sorry.
Multivitamins are a blessing when it comes to reaching your dietary requirements, and contrary to popular belief, the categories exist for a reason, so instead of dismissing them out of hand, do some research or just look through this article and see what works best for you and your family. We wish you and them the best of luck and health!