We all put time and effort into making sure we stay as fit and healthy as possible. With our busy lives, although we may aim for a healthy, balanced diet with over five portions of fruit and veg a day, we don’t always succeed. To fill the gaps in our diet the easiest thing to do is grab a tub of multivitamins and take one every day. But if you ever stop to look at the list of ingredients on your multivitamins you will find that no two are alike. The list will be very long and full of abbreviations and figures leaving you wondering exactly what it is you are taking and if it is the best choice for you.
The reason for this is that there are thirteen vitamins and sixteen minerals that we all need for our bodies to function. On top of this there are other dietary components we need such as fish oil and herbs. Our bodies can not make any of these so we need to consume them. In an ideal world our diet would supply everything we need but realistically most of us supplement with a multivitamin pill.
What Difference Does Being Female Make?
Things are even more complicated if you are a woman. During all the different stages of a woman’s life her nutritional needs change drastically. For example, the amount of iron the average woman needs can vary between 18 mg a day to 8 mg a day depending on her age. Added to this, if she suffers from heavy periods or other hormonal complications then she can require even more than that. Of course, being pregnant or breast-feeding adds further variants to the amount of micronutrients needed.
In addition, unless you are taking a multivitamin specifically tailored to females, then …