If you are going shopping for a complete multivitamin, or even if you are already taking one, ask yourself if it actually contains what your body needs. That’s a valid question, and you need to educate yourself before spending hard earned money on something that may not be doing its job.
There are a few things that all supplements should contain, and some that they should not contain, for them to be considered complete.
Every multivitamin should contain:
- essential and trace minerals
- folic acid
- amino acids (e.g. L-Glutamine, L-Cysteine, etc.)
- potent herbal extracts
- specialty nutrients
A complete multivitamin should also contain natural products instead of synthetic ingredients. It’s important to read the label. If the vitamin is inexpensive, that is a good indication that some, or all of the ingredients, may be synthetic. There may also be a lot of unnecessary fillers in the vitamin.
When looking at the label, you also have to figure out what your individual needs are based on some essential factors. Things to consider are:
- any health issues
- eating habits.
For example, Centrum Performance adds ginseng to their vitamin but do you really need that? Men may want to look for Saw Palmetto on the ingredient list, while women may want to look for Wild Yam. Some women may want to look for high calcium, depending on their age, or extra iron if they are pregnant.
The list can go on and on, but you want to find a mulivitamin that will be effective for your lifestyle!