Supplements Multivitamins

Ideally, people should eat healthy foods that provide them with all of the vitamins and nutrients they need. However, nowadays there are very few of us that get proper nutrition from food alone. While the fast-paced nature of modern-day life prevents some of us from being able to prepare nutritious foods, others don’t have the money to buy the healthiest foods.

Also, temptation for delectable yet unhealthy treats can lure us away from making healthy food choices. As a result, taking daily multivitamins and supplements is key to making sure that you receive the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

As you are choosing between different vitamins and dietary supplements for you and your family, keep in mind that the following factors will determine what your body needs (or doesn’t need) to maintain optimum health:

  • age
  • gender
  • persisting conditions from which you suffer (i.e., diabetes, menopause, etc.)
  • whether or not you are currently breastfeeding
  • whether or not you are currently on prescription medication
  • whether or not you are currently pregnant.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new multivitamin or supplement. Your doctor can inform you about what to look for, as well as what to avoid, when choosing between different multivitamins.

Remember, although vitamins do promote good health, overdosing on them can cause some serious health problems. For example, people who ingest too much vitamin B-6 for extended periods of time are at risk of suffering from neurological damage. Those who get too much selenium and/or vitamin C will likely develop diarrhea.

In this section, we will outline the various types of vitamins and dietary supplements on the market, providing information on the benefits and any possible side effects associated with each. Our articles also relate tips on how to read vitamin labels so that you can find the right vitamins and supplements for you and your family.

Reading Vitamin Labels

Whether you are just starting a multivitamin regimen or are looking to switch vitamin supplements, learning how to read a vitamin bottle’s label is important. In fact, labels on vitamin bottles contain a lot of information, as long as you know where to look. Along with the expiration date and recommended dosage, vitamin labels can also tell you the percentage daily value (DV) of various vitamins and nutrients contained within each dose.

Other important information you can find when reading vitamin labels includes:

  • manufacturer contact information
  • recommended storage
  • warnings.

If you are choosing vitamins for you and your family, remember that people of different ages, as well as genders, will likely need different vitamins and supplements. For example, a postmenopausal grandmother will need vitamins and supplements that are different from those needed by a pre-teen boy.

Popular multivitamins on the market today include:

  • Biocentrics®
  • Centrum®
  • MET-RX®
  • National Health Products®
  • One-A-Day®
  • Twinlab®.

If you have questions about the best type of vitamins for you, consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to inform you about potential advantages and side effects associated with various types of multivitamins and will tell you what to look for when reading vitamin labels.

Resources

Nature Made (n.d.). Ten Easy Tips on How to Read A Vitamin Label. Retrieved October 23, 2007, from the Nature Made Web site: http://www.naturemade.com/aboutus/pdf/NAPS_how_to_read_a_vitamin_label.pdf.

Nutrition Action Healthletter (January 2003). How to read a vitamin label. Retrieved October 23, 2007, from the Find Articles Web site: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0813/is_1_30/ai_97296395/pg_1.