Choosing a Daily Multivitamin
Why Should I Take a Multivitamin?
Dietary supplements are not an adequate replacement for eating a healthy and varied diet. However, for those who may not always get enough of the vitamins and nutrients their bodies need, a multivitamin might be a good choice. A multivitamin can help you fill nutritional gaps and support your health when your daily diet doesn’t meet all of your nutritional needs.
Making Sense of the Label: What Ingredients Should I Look For?
Every multivitamin differs in ingredients and ingredient amounts depending on its manufacturer and its target consumer. However, there are some common vitamins and nutrients that you’ll see commonly included on the ingredient’s label of many multivitamins..
Tablet Versus Chewable versus Gummy: What Are My Options?
Multivitamins are available in a number of forms, including tablets that are swallowed and gummies that are chewed. Whichever form of vitamin you choose to take is up to you! Some people prefer gummies or chewable vitamins because they’re available in fruity flavors that taste better than multivitamins in tablet form. If you have trouble swallowing pills, opting for a chewable option might be the right choice for you. If you’re looking for more nutrients packed into a smaller serving size, choosing a tablet multivitamin that you swallow might be the better option. The non-active ingredients in multivitamin gummies versus tablets may also vary—be sure to read the product label, especially if you follow a plant-based or gluten-free diet and want to avoid certain ingredients.
We hope this guide to choosing a daily multivitamin has helped you understand some of the different options out there when it comes to dietary supplements. If you’re considering taking a supplement, be sure to ask your doctor if it’s okay to start first.
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