It’s a new year, and that means many of us have committed to getting into the best shape of our lives. We’ll be drinking more water, eating right, and hitting the gym 3-5 times per week.
While all of these actions are important, we also need to focus our attention on making sure our body gets all of the vitamins it requires for optimal health. Unfortunately, eating right doesn’t always guarantee we’ll get the proper nutrition. And that’s for two reasons:
Reason #1: We all have different definitions of what “proper nutrition” means. One person may believe proper nutrition hinges on eating whole foods like meats, eggs and dairy while another person may think protein bars and diet foods are the healthier option.
Reason #2: Over the last 100 years, our soil has been depleted of vital minerals, which means you can eat pounds and pounds of organic produce every day, but that produce doesn’t have the nutrition you think it does.
What’s the solution? Taking the right supplements to ensure your body gets everything it needs.
Of course, one of the most important supplements to take each day is a multivitamin. But with so many multivitamins on the market, how do you know which are the best ones?
Here are some buying guidelines to help you choose the right multivitamin for you in 2021.
The FDA considers multivitamins dietary supplements, which means they don’t have to approve or even inspect them. For this reason, it’s important that you look for a third-party seal, like USP or NSF, that verifies that what is on the label is actually in the pill.
Also look for “CGMP” on the label. This stamp means the multivitamin abides by the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices — guidelines that ensure quality production, accurate labeling and the absence of contaminants.
Do Some Research
It’s always a good idea to do your due diligence to determine which companies are known for creating high-quality supplements. Spend some time online researching companies, Check out their bio, consumer reports, customer reviews and their social media pages.
Look for Active Ingredients
Always go for those supplements that offer the most active form of ingredients instead of synthetic forms. For instance, look for methylated B vitamins instead of synthentic; methylfolate rather than folic acid; active D3 (cholecalciferol) instead of inactive D2 (ergocaliferol); active E (d-alpha) rather than undesirable dl-alpha; and K2 (menaquinone) versus K1 (phylloquinone).
Also important, check to make sure that minerals are in their chelated form, as these are easiest to absorb by the body.
Be sure to read those labels and avoid multivitamins that contain any artificial flavors and sweeteners, as well as binders, fillers and other unnecessary ingredients.
Also, it’s best to avoid getting your multivitamins in gummy or chewable forms. While they may taste more like candy, their dosage and quality is going to be considerably lower. And capsules are easiest to digest over tablets.
Multivitamins for Men
Men and women have their own specific nutrient needs. An ideal multivitamin for a man should contain vitamin E to support prostate health, extra magnesium to boost energy levels, and the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as selenium and zinc to support heart health. The vitamin should also contain nutrients that support healthy bones, namely calcium and vitamin D. The carotenoids, often found in vitamin A, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, to support eye health.
Multivitamins for Women
Women should also look for these ingredient, but also focus on a multivitamin that offers adequate amounts of folic acid or folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium and iron.
Make 2021 your best year yet. If you follow these guidelines, you should be able to select a quality multivitamin that will help you reach optimal health.
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