Everywhere you look, you find someone telling you what to eat, what to drink and what to supplement with. And when it comes to vitamins, there are a lot of choices out there. So what vitamins should you be taking to stay healthy? The bottom line is that it depends, and here's why.
What Kind of Vitamins Are There?
When you go to the grocery store, the health food store or simply shop online for vitamins, you will see a lot of choices. There are multivitamins, single vitamins, like Vitamins A, B, C, D and E; vitamins for women, vitamins for men, vitamins for kids, vitamins for seniors, vitamins for those who work out, vitamins for those who are stressed out, the list goes on and on.
First of all, the multivitamin products are typically a mix of several different vitamins that often have other supplements thrown in, like calcium, iron and the like.
Single vitamins, like a bottle of Vitamin C, will typically just contain C.
Which Vitamins Are Right For Me?
If you are wondering which ones are right for you, it will, again, depend upon you. Men and women's bodies are different, and they each need different things. For example, women should think about adding a calcium supplement to their diets, and a multi that has calcium and added vitamin D (to help with calcium absorption) is usually a good idea.
In addition, if you are someone who eats a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and always get your 10 recommended servings of veggies a day, you will need less supplementation than someone who tends to stick to fast food.
In general, if you get your 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you are probably taking in the majority of the vitamins you need. However, if you work out hard, supplementing with a B vitamin is usually a good idea, as it provides energy.
Those who workout tend to need different vitamins than those who are sedentary, as the body will metabolize the vitamins in the body a bit quicker after a workout. A good multivitamin that contains 100% of your daily need for a B complex is a good idea.
Finally, most doctors agree that everyone could use a bit more vitamin C in their lives! It helps with cell turnover, helps improve immune function and more.
If you have more questions about eating right or supplementing, contact me, Ralph Roberts. I am a certified personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club and I’d be happy to answer any of your health and fitness questions or get you started a custom workout plan.
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