Knowing what to look for in a multivitamin is the first step toward achieving whole-body health, so it can be helpful to keep an eye on nutrients that are particularly hard to get in your typical diet. Board Certified Endocrinologist Brittany Henderson, MD, I previously recommended looking for multis that have a large amount of Vitamin D3And the Vitamin B12Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, and Selenium.
If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, it may also be helpful to check that your diet includes a whole food diet. Vitamin B complex (For example, all eight of the essential B vitamins) It is difficult to get enough of these nutrients through plant-based eating. You will provide the most unique multivitamin options Bioactive forms of B vitaminsincluding methylated folate and vitamin B12. Iron and iodine are also key components to watch out for if you’re taking a plant-based approach to eating.
As for dosage, you’ll want to look for a multivitamin Highly Effective FormulasThis ensures that beneficial doses of micronutrients are included. As a rule, in a Complete multivitamin formulaa full range of vitamins and minerals will be included with 100% or more of daily value.
some Biggest Big Metal Specifically, such as Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium, are too large to be included in lower doses to suit the product, but should ideally still be present (since these three minerals are some of the Biggest nutrient gaps in our nation!).
Look for multivitamins that “spray” nutrients, plant extracts, or other probiotics. Ferreira likens this less flavorful practice to “dropping the nutritional name,” which she says “may look good on the label, but are not included in significant enough amounts to actually be nutritionally beneficial or based on clinical research.”
In terms of the packaging your product comes in, we’re fans of sustainable and effective options. “I am a staunch proponent of recyclable packaging, no more plastic entering our planet, and also protecting the precious ingredients you pay for,” Ferreira says. “For this combination of environmental impact and storing your multiple UV components, Amber glass fits the bill,” she adds.