The Magic of Multi-Vitamins

Even with your berry-banana smoothies and sandwiches piled high with greens, chances are you may be falling short on one of more vital nutrients.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to fill this nutritional gap is to take a daily multivitamin. They may be small (usually in a pill or capsule form) but multivitamins pack a big dietary punch, delivery essential goodies your body needs to function at its best.

Why take a multivitamin?
Besides being convenient (simply take one pill per day with water), multivitamins can be an effective insurance against nutritional deficiencies that have the potential to lead to illness and disease.

They support healthy ageing, boost energy levels, help you feel less stressed and increase your feeling of overall wellbeing. Multivitamins not only support a healthy immune system but they help to keep your brain, hair, eyes, teeth and cardiovascular system in check.

I’m a healthy eater – do I still need to consider a multivitamin?
Your body needs a whole host of nutrients on a daily  basis to function optimally, from carbohydrates and fat to vitamins A, B, C, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Let’s face it though – life is busy and for many of us it’s a struggle to eat a wide variety of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables along with protein and omega 3 every single day.

Taking a multivitamin is an easy way to get a daily serving of all your vital vitamins and minerals on the go, to ensure you never fall short of nutrients.

Men’s vs women’s multivitamins – what’s the difference?
Because nutritional guidelines for men and women differ slightly, it makes sense to have a gender-specific multivitamin that is tailored for you.

Men’s and women’s multivitamins have different levels of nutrients. Women’s are designed to support key women’s health concerns including bone health, hormone imbalances, skin, hair, nails, stress and energy, while men’s multivitamins support issues such as exercise performance, cardiovascular health, prostate and sexual health function.

Choosing the right multivitamin, all multivitamins are not created equal. When looking for a multivitamin, make sure there are optimal levels of:

• Vitamins A, D, E and K
• Vitamins C and B
• Calcium
• Magnesium
• Trace minerals zinc, selenium, copper, manganese and chromium

If you’re unsure where to start, your Pharmacist can assess your individual needs and point you in the direction of a high quality multi that is right for you.

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