The next thing you must understand is that throughout different times of your life, your nutritional needs are going to change. There are certain rules you should remember when it comes to choosing and taking multivitamins. These include:
If you have children, you should only choose vitamins for them specifically. Adult formulations will be too strong for a small body to process.
If you are pregnant or simply in your childbearing years, then you need more folic acid to help reduce the risk of birth defects. In those situations, you need neonatal vitamins specifically.
If you are an older woman, then your body will start losing calcium, which can lead to brittle bones and the possibility of fractures. For that reason, a senior vitamin with higher levels of calcium would be a must.
If you are a vegetarian, there are certain nutrients your body likely isn’t getting – like iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. For that reason, choosing a multivitamin with higher levels of these nutrients would be the healthiest option.
If you are a healthy adult with none of those specific exceptions, then a standard multivitamin should suffice in ensuring you are getting the nutrients you need.
3.Choosing the Right Vitamins
As mentioned, when you go down the vitamin aisle, you will see dozens or maybe even hundreds of options. How do you choose the right multivitamin? Of course if you have any of the special life circumstances mentioned above, this will automatically narrow down your choices to just a few. Otherwise you will have to start really looking at the vitamins to make the right choice.
You will need to learn how to read labels, since different brands and choices will have different levels of nutrients. You don’t necessarily have to choose the vitamin with the highest level of anything. Instead, look at the percentages for daily intake (this is the recommended number by the United States Food and Drug Administration). If you are getting a higher percentage of a given nutrient, this means you are closer to getting what your body needs on a daily basis.