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Multivitamins: Bridging the Nutrient Gap

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A recent study that followed women for more than 20 years reports that women who took multivitamin-mineral supplement for three years or more were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

Simply put, multivitamins are dietary supplements that come in tablet, capsule or pill form and provide you with an array of essential vitamins and minerals.

As it currently stands, more than half of all American adults take multivitamins or other dietary supplements, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though experts say food is still your most important source of nutrients, they also say meeting daily dietary needs is vital to long-term health. Supplements can help you fill in nutritional gaps.

Most nutritional needs can be met through a healthy, balanced diet, but many women, especially older women, can benefit from a good multivitamin.

The multivitamin should contain:

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Folic Acid
  • Beta-carotene
  • B6 and B12
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

If you’d like to know more about multivitamins – what they can AND cannot do – WebMD has a page that can serve as a great resource.

Of course, before you begin taking any vitamins, consult your doctor. You never know how your pre-existing medical conditions or current medications will affect how your body responds to multivitamins.

 

 

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