Your guide to the best multivitamin for men and women

Your guide to the best multivitamin for men and women
Living an active, healthy lifestyle is important for both men and women. But if youíre unsure which vitamins and supplements to take, a multivitamin could be the answer
You jog weekly, walk the dog, and your fridge is stocked with healthy fruit and vegetables. But did you know, even if you eat your five-a-day, you could still be missing out on essential nutrients?

Our fast-paced lifestyles, and the way our food is prepared and delivered, means weíre at risk of losing the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need. While men tend to use more energy, women are more likely to diet, leaving both sexes open to nutrient deficiencies.

Thatís why itís important to support a nutritional diet with the right supplements Ė regardless of your gender.

Look for multivitamins that provide a good percentage of your recommended daily allowance, says Jennie Baillie, a natural health expert with more than seven yearsí experience. ďIt makes sense to take a combined multivitamin and mineral product as minerals are critical for good health. Itís also a quick and easy way to take on extra goodness, without the hassle of taking lots of different individual vitamins.Ē

Multivitamins for men
Men tend to eat more than women so are more likely to take on enough vitamins and minerals to support an active lifestyle. However, they are less likely to give their bodies time to recover after exercise, so stress and strain can strip away essential nutrients.

The male reproductive system benefits from vitamins like A, C and E. A multivitamin with selenium and zinc can help keep the testes healthy and encourage quality sperm production, which is essential for conception.

Multivitamins for women
A combination of stress, diets, pregnancy and menstruation means women can lack essential vitamins and minerals like iron, which can cause anaemia, or calcium and vitamin D deficiency, which can increase the likelihood of osteoporosis.

Multivitamins include the recommended daily allowance of each of these nutrients, if not more, so ladies can get the extra support they need with one easy supplement.

Other multivitamin options
As we get older, itís more difficult for our bodies to absorb nutrients so a multi-nutrient supplement can be particularly useful. For an active mind, a multivitamin with Ginkgo Biloba Extract improves blood flow to the brain. This helps support concentration and memory.

If youíre a vegetarian, you may lose out on key animal fats, which are essential for a healthy diet. So itís advisable to supplement your diet with the following: vitamin B2 and B12, vitamin D, iron, zinc, calcium and iodine. Get them all in one easy-to-take multivitamin.

Multivitamins for hassle-free health
When life gets busy, itís even more important to ensure your body is in top shape. Whether youíre a man or woman, a good multivitamin is filled with all the essential minerals your body needs. Theyíre a hassle-free way to support a nutritional diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you are in any doubt about which vitamins are right for you please contact your medical advisor.

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