Multi-vitamins With Minerals

Written by Serena Berger
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Multi-vitamins with minerals can be used to supplement a balanced (or unbalanced) diet. There are certain segments of the population that are more likely to need a multi-vitamin than others. Fortunately, these supplements usually cost no more than a few cents a day and can dramatically improve your health.

Groups That May Need a Multi-Vitamin with Minerals

Many people fail to maintain the necessary level of vitamin and mineral intake. Senior citizens are a perfect example. Other people who need to pay more attention to vitamin and mineral intake are women who are of child-bearing age, are pregnant or nursing. Doing so can help minimize the risk of certain birth defects as well as keep women healthy if they are trying to get pregnant. Pregnant or nursing should discuss their individual cases with their physician before taking supplements.

Your diet may also determine whether or not you need to take a multi-vitamin with minerals. Vegetarians are unlikely to get enough B12, zinc, or iron in their diets without taking a supplement. If you are trying to lose weight, you may also not be getting the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals. Ultimately, anyone who is not eating a balanced diet may need a multi-vitamin to get vitamins such as B6 and B12 that reduce the risks of heart disease, and Folic acid, which can lower the risks of some types of cancer.

It is important to realize that most multi-vitamins are the same and there is usually no need to purchase anything but the store brand. When you buy something in a fancy package, you're not only paying for the product but also for all the advertising and packaging that go into it. You should also buy a multi-vitamin that meets USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) standards, which means that the vitamin has been tested under laboratory conditions.

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