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By Kiran Basra, BScPhm, PharmD
It is often during hectic times that we forget the importance of maintaining our health. Not only is it important to ensure that our children get the right vitamin and mineral supplements, it is also important that you get the vital benefits from vitamin supplementation as well.
So what do you look for when choosing a multivitamin? Interestingly, we assume all multivitamins are the same and it doesn't matter which one we choose. However, there are certain things you should look for when choosing a multivitamin. A recent evaluation by Consumer Labs actually found that 12 top multivitamin brands actually failed their tests. A number of products were deficient in important vitamins and minerals, and one children's formulation was found to have excessive vitamin A, above the recommended levels.
Look for a product that provides at least the following 10 vitamins:
Vitamin A – Maintains the health of retina tissue in the eyes.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – Promotes healthy growth and tissue repair.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Helps release energy from carbohydrates and promotes healthy skin, nerves, and digestion.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – Important for red blood cell formation and the synthesis of antibodies in support of the immune system.
Vitamin B9(folic acid) – Important for red blood cell production and the synthesis of DNA, and is important in preventing neural tube defects in .fetal development.
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) – Vital for central nervous system maintenance, including the brain and spinal cord.
Vitamin C(ascorbic acid) – Promotes a healthy immune system and helps in wound healing and maintaining healthy tissue.
Vitamin D – Promotes the absorption of calcium and the development of bones and teeth.
Vitamin E – Important in promoting a healthy circulatory system and protects cell membranes and tissue from oxidative damage.
Calcium – One of the most important minerals for the growth, maintenance, and development of bones and teeth.
Copper – Helps in red blood cell formation and keeps blood vessels and nerves healthy.
Iron – Found in red blood cells and is used to carry oxygen to all body cells.
Magnesium – Aids in supporting a healthy heart and bones.
Phosphorus – Important for bone and teeth formation.
Potassium – Has many important functions, including acid-base balance, protein and muscle synthesis, and proper nerve functioning.
Selenium – Integral part of enzyme function in the body.
Zinc – Plays a role in proper immune system function.
Finding a good multivitamin is a great first step in improving general health. It is important to remember that vitamins and minerals are essential to life but are not made by the body; they have to be absorbed from our diet or supplements. Since it is often difficult to maintain a well-balanced diet, the incorporation of a multivitamin in every diet is recommended. Herbal Magic offers a selection of multivitamin products that contain recommended daily intake concentrations of the above mentioned vitamins and minerals. The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, which compares over 1000 American and Canadian multivitamin products, actually ranked the Herbal Magic manufacturing site among the top rated products. This means that you can be assured that the Herbal Magic multivitamins you choose are comprehensive, standardized, and within appropriate dosage ranges.