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Multivitamins: Which Kind Should You Choose?

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 12:56 AM

We are a health-savvy generation. Almost all of us eat well, do not smoke, drink recreationally, and even try to work out when we have time. Overall, we do take care of our health. This means we also consume vitamins and minerals in our diet as well as through supplements to ensure good health.
 
However, do these minerals and vitamins taken as supplements really work? If they do, which multivitamins and mineral supplements are the best for health?
 
Nutritionists recommend that we have five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, excluding processed food and juices. This requirement is not easy to follow, which makes it sensible to consume multivitamins or minerals to supplement our diet. If you are already taking multivitamins or other supplements to meet your need for minerals and vitamins or are even wondering which ones to start with for good health, here are a few things you should know.
 
Manufacturers now make gender- and age-specific supplements to meet your particular health requirements for minerals and multivitamins. Among the myriad products available, all you need to do is check the products’ labels to ensure it is for the right demographic. Please ensure that you consult your personal physician before starting multivitamins or any supplements to prevent complications like allergies or overdosing.
 
This is very important: choose products made in your geographical area. The Food and Drug Administration does not supervise the production of multivitamins. As a result, products from another region may be contaminated. They may also contain lower-than-normal or higher-than-normal amounts of vitamins and minerals as they can be formulated for another ethnic group or population’s particular health concerns. Buy products made in your country to ensure that they suit your physiology. Manufacturers of local products can also be held accountable for deficiency in any products and you can have access to legal resources in case the product is harmful for your health.
 
Look for extras. Manufacturers now make products with selective vitamins and minerals that can offer better benefits. For example, prenatal vitamins contain extra iron, folic acid and calcium for the pregnant mother and the growing fetus. Joint health supplements contain calcium, vitamin D, and supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin that increase joint suppleness and aid health. High-potency supplements are multivitamins containing almost two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins.
 
A word of caution: Multivitamins are good for your health but the intake of these products should be controlled. Excess of multivitamins is not good for health as the body eventually excretes extra vitamins. Excess of multivitamins can damage your body as the kidney and the liver will not be able to process the vitamins and minerals taken as supplements.

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