Women’s Multivitamins: What Vitamins to Avoid?

Women’s multivitamins are a whole world of possibility, from different ingredients to different audiences there are so many options that it may be difficult to choose just one. It can even seem easy to know what you do need, but how about what you do not? You can first narrow it down to a specific category. What is your age, sex, lifestyle, and diet? Then you are still left with a ton of options. There are definitely some things you should avoid. The top list of these items are artificial colors, synthetic ingredients, the wrong balance for you, and fast release vitamins. 

Artificial Colors

The appealing and tasty looking vitamins in blue, orange and red may seem like you want to eat them, but when you take a second look you will turn your head away. Colorful artificial dyes make foods and vitamins look appealing to try and make you eat them, but the truth is they can be harmful to your health. Some issues associated with artificial dyes include hyperactivity in children, increased risk of cancer, allergic reactions, and even effects on the nervous system. Sacrificing visual appeal for your health seems like a good choice to make. When possible avoid artificial dyes and colors, and opt for naturally colored items that may be dyed with fruits or vegetables instead.  

Synthetic Ingredients

All vitamins are good right? Wrong! Vitamins are essential for a healthy body, but where they come from makes a huge difference. Vitamins are either produced synthetically or naturally. Synthetic vitamins are created in a laboratory trying to be as close as possible to the original formula of a vitamin. Naturally occurring vitamins are found in various whole foods and are where your get your vitamins from when you eat. Natural vitamins are able to be adequately digested and absorbed by the body. However, synthetic forms of vitamins are not absorbed as well by the body. So, if possible you will want to avoid vitamins that are made synthetically if possible find a vitamin that is sourced from whole foods. 

Not the Right Balance

If you are 60 years old you have different needs from a vitamin than a 20 year old. You definitely want to avoid any vitamin that is not the right balance of vitamins for you. Take your time in choosing a vitamin that is perfect for your needs. For example, if you are a woman of childbearing age you would want something with more folic acid, and if you are post-menopausal you would want a vitamin with extra calcium. Do not make the mistake of purchasing a vitamin that is not perfect for your age, sex, lifestyle, and diet.  

Fast Release

Faster is not always better, especially when it comes to vitamins. Your body is only able to absorb so many vitamins at a time, so you would not want to release the vitamins too fast and have your body miss all of those available vitamins. Do your best to avoid vitamins that claim they are fast-release so that you can take full advantage of the vitamin. Instead, choose a slow-release vitamin that does not release all at one time. This will give the body time to absorb and empty its receptors for the next set of vitamins. 

You should be really proud of yourself for taking your health into your own hands. Choosing a multivitamin does not have to be difficult. Do your best to avoid the things above and then use your best intuition to choose what is best for you and your family. Also, if you are still unsure, it is always a great idea to check with your doctor or healthcare provider.