Multivitamins: What variety is right for you?

Whether you’re an active senior or the parent to a picky eater, chances are there is a multivitamin to meet your specific needs.  Here’s a quick rundown of six of the most common types of multivitamin formulations:

    • A children’s formulation: these are prepared to serve the needs of children during the critical growth and development stages and are particularly useful for children who are picky eaters.  You should look for a brand that offers 100% of RDI of all major vitamins and minerals.  Many kids’ vitamins are available in great tasting chewable varieties.
    • A man’s formulation: these vitamins offer extra nutrients specific to men’s health including phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and B vitamins.  Many varieties also contain herbal dietary supplements to protect prostate health.
    • Prenatal formulations: these vitamins provide high levels of vitamin B-6 (to help prevent morning sickness) and extra folic acid, which is critical in fetal brain development.  If you are planning to become pregnant, you should start a prenatal vitamin at least three months before your planned conception.
    • Senior formulations: these vitamins contain extra levels of vitamins and minerals to support healthy cardiovascular and immune systems.  Most seniors also need supplemental vitamin D.
    • Women’s formulations: these vitamins often contain higher levels of calcium, iron, and folic acid to support women’s bone health.

No matter what formulation you choose, it is important to purchase a high-quality standardized supplement with no added preservatives, sugars, or starch.  NOW Foods, Nature’s Plus, and Futurebiotics are just a few of the great brands in stock at Earth Zone.  Remember, all supplements are buy one, get one half price!

*These statements are not evaluated by the FDA.  This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure and disease.

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