With countless supplements on the market today, there are a few factors to consider when choosing a multivitamin. The first: Whether or not you even need one. "Multivitamins are not actually necessary for everyone," says , M.S., R.D., a clinical nutrition specialist at Boston's Children's Hospital. "If you're eating a balanced diet where you consume a variety of nutrients, you might not need one."
But if you struggle to hit your through food, then Moretti says a multi may be smart. That typically applies to those who eliminate one or more food groups (looking at you, ), vegans or vegetarians, and anyone who has a poor appetite due to health complications. In those cases, you may not be receiving the body requires, so a daily multivitamin could help fill nutritional gaps.
Next, you need to know which nutrients you're actually short on. A primary care physician or can help assess your individual needs, but in general, Moretti says that most women fall short on (especially if they're of child-bearing age or pregnant), calcium, and vitamin D.
Thankfully, it doesn't matter which form you take the vitamin in — capsule, tablet, powder, liquid, and chewables all work — nor is the time of day a big deal, Moretti says. The key is consistency — and the ingredients list. Remember, supplements are regulated as a food, not a drug, which means the (FDA) doesn't have to look at products before they hit store shelves. Moretti warns against anything that promotes increased energy, as it likely contains stimulants that can lead to harmful side effects like headaches, dizziness, increased heart rate, disturbed sleep patterns, and anxiety.
Now, it's time to start shopping! These are the multivitamins worthy of your hard-earned cash, so long as your doctor gives you the green light.
A great catch-all multivitamin, this traditional product contains the essential vitamins you need at an affordable price. The only downside? "Some people complain of nausea or stomach upset, which can be a reaction to iron," Moretti says. "If this happens, make sure to take the supplement with a meal."
Yes, this multivitamin is pricier than most on the market, but that's because it's food-based and focused on a really clean ingredients list. Translation: You can feel really good about the certified organic blend of superfoods hiding inside, which includes spirulina, acai, pomegranate, blueberry, broccoli, kale, and beet.
For those with strict dietary guidelines, this multi is most likely to meet your needs. Why? It's — deep breath — gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, farm-fresh, Kosher, and non-GMO. It's also tested for pesticides and herbicides, follows the guidelines set forth by the FDA, and is given the stamp of approval from the .
Made from certified organic whole foods, you won't find any artificial flavorings, preservatives, or in this supplement. Other ingredients you won't see here but that you should be on the lookout for: Stearic acid, a saturated fatty acid that's used as a hardening agent, and titanium dioxide, an inorganic compound that helps brighten products.
gave this multivitamin from Whole Foods its seal of approval for quality. It supports reproductive health and strong bones with B vitamins, and encourages a speedier metabolism thanks to hefty amounts of folic acid, calcium, and vitamin D.