What are multivitamin and mineral supplements?
Multivitamin and mineral supplements contain a range of both vitamins and minerals, in amounts that are useful for our health. They are designed to provide all-in-one support. They are intended to be used alongside a healthy diet to provide a ‘top-up’ of any nutrients we could be lacking.
Why take a multivitamin and mineral supplement?
We may choose to take one of these supplements for various reasons. These include to support energy or reduce fatigue. Multivitamin and mineral supplements contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that contribute to energy production and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, such as the B vitamins vitamin C magnesium, iodine and iron. And when we know our diet is less than ideal. For example, people who are unable to prepare and cook fresh meals – perhaps because they are away from home a lot, or are disabled, or have been unwell. A multivitamin and mineral can help to ‘fill in the gaps’ during this time to support the immune system, or recovery from illness. Vitamins A, C and D, and the minerals selenium, zinc, iron and copper are needed for our immune system to work well. Finally, as a general ‘health insurance’ to make sure we’re getting all the nutrients we need, even if we have a healthy diet
How do I choose a multivitamin and mineral?
Multivitamin and mineral supplements come in tablets, capsules, liquids and even powders. Tablets and capsules are convenient and often cheaper – and there is a lot more choice of supplements in these forms. Liquid and powders can be better for those who can’t swallow tablets or capsules, and may be easier on the digestive system. As well as different forms, multivitamin and mineral supplements can be targeted towards different groups of people – or different health goals. Some are designed specifically for children, men or women, or for different life stages. Some are designed for energy support, or blood glucose balance, or for fertility, for example.
If you would like help choosing a multivitamin and mineral supplement, or if you are taking any prescribed medication, give our nutritionists a call on 0345 2222 828 (option 3)