Multivitamin...or Food?

Taking a multivitamin is common practice for many people who are concerned about their health. But do you really need to take one if you eat a healthy diet? And if you do, what's the best multivitamin to take?

You would think that since vitamins and minerals are normally found in a balanced diet, you should be able to get all that you need from your food.

Unfortunately, healthy moms know that this just isn�t possible. First of all,our food supply is not what it used to be. The use of pesticides and our depleted soil has adversely affected the quality of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

Many people do not have time to prepare meals everyday that will meet our nutritional needs. So a multi-vitamin supplement is a must!

The Best Multivitamin for You

A multivitamin is designed to fill nutritional gaps. But what should you take? And how do you choose the right brand to take? (Scroll down for a quick, general list of what each vitamin does for your health. The ones I have listed have to do specifically with women�s health.)

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Vitamins and Minerals you need

    Vitamin A: maintains good vision and skin.

    Thiamin or B1: Assists the nervous system.

    Riboflavin or B2: Helps maintain vision and skin.

    Niacin or B3: Releases energy from carbohydrates; can help lower cholesterol levels.

    Pantothenic Acid or B5: Energy production, hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis.

    Pyridoxine or B6: Metabolism, maintenance of immune system. Can reduce nausea from morning sickness.

    Folic Acid: pregnant women take this in their prenatal vitamins to reduce risk of spina bifida. Can also reduce risk of heart disease and childhood leukemia.

    Cyanocobalamin or B12 :a deficiency in this vitamin can cause anemia, irreversible nerve damage and low sperm count.

    Vitamin C: produces collagen, which is a basic component of connective tissue. Acts as an anti-oxidant; enhances iron absorption from supplements and plant foods.

    Vitamin D: aids in the absorption of calcium.

    Vitamin E: antioxidant that helps maintain integrity of cells. Studies have shown it aids in prevention of preeclampsia and diabetes.

    Calcium: strong bones and teeth; essential for electrical impulses of cells.

    Magnesium: needs to be balanced with calcium in your body for cell health.

    Iron: esssential to build red blood cells to carry oxygen, to make new proteins for rpair of our tissues,to make new enzymes,to keep hormones working properly,to make substances used to burn fat for energy.

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