Multivitamin Supplments and Benefits

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Multivitamin and multimineral supplements are specifically designed to provide a variety of both essential and/or non-essential nutrients for the body. The primary purpose of these supplements is to allow individuals the option of taking only one or a few dietary supplements that provides many nutrients to the body. Multivitamin supplements can help to prevent both vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and are used by many to increase essential nutrients in the body to achieve additional health benefits.

Multivitamins usually contain at least 100, if not more, of the recommended dietary allowance of essential vitamins. While not all multivitamins contain minerals, in the case of high potency multivitamins, mineral content may also exceed 100 of Daily Value or U.S. Recommended Allowance (USRDA). Nutrients that should be included in what we consider a complete multivitamin include: While iron may be included in a good multivitamin supplement, it is not necessary. Phosphorus is also another essential mineral required by the body, but so much is consumed in the human diet that additional amounts, via supplements, are not needed.

More recent research suggests that in order to obtain the adequate amount of essential and/or non-essential nutrients required for proper health that the corresponding multi-vitamin would need to be quite large - and difficult for many individuals to swallow. Consequently, some companies offer multivitamins which contain larger quanties of Vitamin A, B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium and Molybdenum along with stand alone Calcium and Vitamin E supplements. While this requires an individual to take more than just one vitamin is also ensures essential nutrition requirements are met.

One A Day Multivitamins

The majority of One-per-day multivitamins usually contain vitamin B-complex, along with variable levels of vitamins A and D, depending on the type of multivitamin. While some one-per-day multivitamins contain high levels of vitamin A and vitamin D, many multivitamins do not. As the body does not require as many minerals as vitamins, most multivitamins include small amounts of essential minerals including copper, zinc, and iron.

Some one-a-day multivitamins may not provide sufficient amounts of many essential nutrients for people who eat a traditional Western diet, who usually require additional amounts of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C.