So what’s in it for me?
There has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of multivitamins in the past few years. Let’s face it…the human body is complex and research on multivitamins is not easy to do. What is known is that many vitamins and minerals are essential for living and that most women do not eat well enough to get what they need every day from food.
That’s where vitamins come in: They help fill in the nutrition gaps. Plus there are some specific nutrients like folic acid, vitamin D and vitamin C that are good for you. With so many vitamins needed, who wants to take several pills each day? Multivitamins solve this problem by combining all the vitamins you need into one easy pill. Remember, eating smart is still important. Vitamins can’t fill in the gap of burgers, fries and soda!
A common myth is that multivitamins can increase hunger or cause weight gain. When making the decision to take a multivitamin, it is important to understand that vitamins do not have any calories and therefore do NOT cause weight gain. Vitamins combined with a healthy diet simply provide enough nutrients to help your body work right.
If your multivitamins make you sick, try switching to ones without iron, or try taking them with a meal. Your stomach is likely to feel less upset when you take the vitamin with food, plus including multivitamins as part of a daily meal can help you remember to take them.