The human body needs 14 minerals and 13 vitamins for our organs and tissues to function properly, and to help the body manufacture needed enzymes. These substances cannot be produced by the body and so must be consumed via food intake or supplements. While a normal balanced diet may include most of these vitamins and minerals, daily levels will fluctuate based on the specific foods we consume.
What are the best ingredients to look for in a multivitamin capsule?
The 13 essential vitamins are: Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, the six B vitamins, biotin and folate/folic acid.
The 14 essential minerals are: calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, chloride, iron, sulfur, zinc, iodine, fluoride, cobalt, copper, selenium and manganese.
While most multivitamins will contain these ingredients, each one is formulated with different relative quantities – usually to focus on a particular nutritional deficiency or need. Check with your doctor before beginning a multivitamin regimen to see which vitamins and minerals are most important for your personal health.
Will a multivitamin capsule boost my immune system?
Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin E and Vitamin B6 are essential to a properly functioning immune system. Many people wait until they feel sick to start taking immune-boosting vitamins, but taking a multivitamin pill daily will help ensure your body maintains proper levels of these important nutrients and will help ward off infection and illness before it starts.
What is the difference between a multivitamin for women and a multivitamin for men?
Due to the effects of childbearing, menstruation and hormonal changes associated with menopause, women tend to need more of certain nutrients than men – especially Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B-12 and Folate/Folic Acid. Multivitamins that are specifically formulated for women will usually include higher amounts of these ingredients.