With the constant stress and pressure that we’re continually subjected to, it’s normal that we’re not able to consume all of the nutrients we need.
In light of this, multivitamins were created, which are complex vitamins and minerals essential for everyone who doesn’t have a totally balanced diet. They’re able to supply micro nutrients that most people’s diets don’t provide.
The factors involved in choosing the multivitamin that’s right for you are age, physical activity, diet and gender:
- Multivitamins for men: A man doesn’t need the same quantity of iron as a woman does, 8 milligrams is the recommended daily allowance for men. If you eat meat very often, then you probably are able to obtain this quantity through your diet. The majority of multivitamins for men contain small amounts of iron. However, they contain extra selenium (a mineral) and vitamin E to help prevent prostate problems.
- Multivitamins for women: Women, on the other hand, need extra iron due to the loss of this mineral during menstruation, about 18 milligrams per day. A woman who has reached menopause will usually need more Vitamin D in her multivitamin. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) is important for women who plan to have children since it helps prevent certain defects in the neural tube such as spina bifida, therefore, many doctors recommend that women take folic acid (Vitamin B9) during the reproductive phase (pregnancy).
- Multivitamins for children: Contrary to what you might think, children don’t need large amounts of vitamins and minerals. The majority of children’s foods are already enriched with vitamins and minerals, therefore, if your child has a balanced diet to start with, there’s no great need for them to take a multivitamin. However, Vitamin D is important for bone growth and it’s difficult to obtain a sufficient amount through diet, which is why the majority of multivitamin supplements for children contain large quantities of this vitamin.
- Multivitamins for vegetarians and vegans: If you’re a vegetarian, you probably have a long list of vitamins and minerals that aren’t part of your normal daily diet. Iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, Vitamin D, Zinc and Vitamin B12 are the vitamins and minerals that are missing in the diet of those who choose not to consume meat, fish and milk products. Therefore you should choose a multivitamin to supplement these missing vitamins.
- Multivitamins for 60+: As you get older, you lose the ability to absorb certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Vitamin B12 is one of them, in this sense, the multivitamins recommended for people in this age group should contain high quantities of B12. Excessive intake of iron isn’t good for this age group, therefore you should look for multivitamins with smaller doses of iron.
- Multivitamins for athletes: Due to the enormous physical and psychological strain, the loss of micro nutrients through sweat and the increased presence of the quantity of biochemical reactions to oxygen, any athlete should supplement with vitamins and minerals in accordance with the recommendations for your gender.