Taking a good multi-vitamin each day covers us for the days when we don’t get proper nutrition. As much as possible, I prefer getting my vitamins and nutrients from healthy, great tasting foods. But I still believe that multi-vitamins are a great way of supplying us with a sort of safety backup to keep us fortified in case of a stressful event. A vitamin supplement, whether your diet is balanced or not, can add a significant advantage to your way of life.
Women can benefit from taking a good multi-vitamin with iron, particularly those of childbearing age who are slightly anemic. Having a low red blood count will cause you to become anemic. This condition sometimes occurs during the menstrual cycle when iron levels may dip lower. By taking a multi-vitamin supplement with iron, you can raise your red blood count and the added iron will help you feel more energized.
Many women find vitamin E supplements to be helpful in easing the discomfort of tender breasts. Women who take 400 IU (international units) per day of vitamin E, report significant relief from breast discomfort without the unwanted side effects of irritability, bloating and oily skin.
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis? Are you taking calcium supplements? If you are over the age of thirty-five, you need to take extra calcium every day. Women, from the age of thirty-five until menopause, need 1,000 mg of calcium every day. 1,500 mg per day is needed after menopause. Women who take estrogen after menopause only need 1,000 mg per day because of the effects of estrogen on their bodies they will not require the extra calcium.
Excessive amounts of vitamins should not be taken. Overdoses of vitamins A, D, E, and K can be dangerous. Treat vitamins as you would any other medication and take only as directed by your doctor or the manufacturer’s directions.
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