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what's a good multivitamin for women?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Multivitamin/iron/D: It is always best to get nutrients from our diet, but most people do not get optimal amounts of all needed nutrients from our diet, so a well-rounded multivitamin with minerals is a good insurance policy to assure you are getting optimal nutrition. Menstruating women often will benefit from a vitamin that also supplies iron. Most people also benefit from taking vitamin d-see comments for details.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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Most people should take 2000-5000 units of Vitamin D from October to April- this depends on where you live (less need if you are in the south) and how much sun you get in the summer; if you avoid the sun it is wise to take Vitamin D year-round. In choosing a mulitivitamin/mineral look for one that has natural Vit E-this is d-alpha tochpherol, not dl-alpha tocopherol. Ones that have chelated minerals like calcium citrate instead of carbonate and magnesium glycinate or citrate are better absorbed than magnesium oxide. Avoid supplements with unnecessary ingredients like titanium dioxide and polyethylene glycol. Health food stores sell good brands like Rainbow Light and New Chapter. A prenatal vitamin could be a good choice for you, even if you are not pregnant! For an independent rating of multivitamins see http://www.multivitaminguide.org/ These ratings seems reasonable, though some of my favorite brands (like Pure Encapsualtions) are not included.
Feb 28, 2013
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
The Best One!: Unless you are trying to get pregnant or have a specific vitamin deficiency, the Very Best Multivitamin is NONE. Take any specific vitamins you need, as per your Doctor. Then save your money wasted on multivitamins and buy a gym membership. Exercise has a proven benefit for your health, while multivitamins do not. And taking multivitamins can hurt your health.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Quoting https://tinyurl.com/yc7zsnrk:Multivit. preparations have been shown in published research to have a wide range of benefits, including increasing energy and stress tolerance, improving pregnancy outcomes, decreasing infection rates, slowing bone loss, and improving cognitive function in schoolchildren. Some studies have also demonstrated protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Jan 11, 2018
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Dr. Peter Nefcy commented
Radiology 39 years experience
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Multivitamins are pretty worthless for most Americans. The main benefit is making money for corporations. Most of the "research" was paid for by the companies. The government lets them be sold to you because they are mostly safe, not because they are good for you. Mostly safe does not mean safe, however.
Jan 13, 2018

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A 27-year-old female asked:

Im looking for recommendations for a good multivitamin for women. Im 28 years old. Thank you. ?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many good choices: There are many good multivitamins but I don't know if my favorites are available in ZA and don't know what you have available. A good multivit. should have no artificial additives, have the L-5 MTHF (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate) form of folate instead of folic acid, the methylcobalamin form of B12,natural E (d-alpha tocopherol,not dl-alpha),magnesium not as oxide. See https://tinyurl.com/ybwlwuds

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