Women's health: the best multivitamin for every decade (and pregnancy!)
Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | Feb. 2021
You’ve likely heard about the importance of a multivitamin to fill the gaps in your diet - and, as a result, to fuel the life you love - but maybe you haven’t made the leap to actually start taking one. And perhaps you wonder, “Does it even make sense to take a multi?”
As a Naturopathic Doctor who talks with people every day about health and wellness, I assure you that it makes a whole lot of sense to take a multi. Although food is always the first place to get your nutrients, supplementing the food you eat with a multi ensures you get the nutrients your body needs. After all, none of us eat perfectly! Think back to everything you’ve had to eat over the last day, and I’m sure you can see some ways your diet could be better! (I know I can!)
The truth is that there are inevitable gaps in our nutrition. A high-quality gender- and age-specific multi helps you cover your bases to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need. The world of multis can be overwhelming, and there are certainly a lot of options, but it’s worth the effort to find your just-right multi.
As a woman, your health needs change over time. Make sure you’re taking the right multi to meet those needs! No matter your age, there is an option for you in the women’s multi collection formulated by award-winning integrative medical physician, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D. As always, check in with your healthcare practitioner before taking a new supplement.
20s and 30s: Multi for Women
As you zoom around your life whether for work, family or social commitments (or all of the above!), it’s easy to get run down and not get the vitamins and minerals you need from diet alone. One nutrient to pay particular attention to in your 20s and 30s is iron, since it’s needed for cellular energy production.* In fact, one of the most common symptoms of low iron is fatigue. MegaFood Multi for Women has 15 mg of iron to help replenish iron lost during your monthly cycle.* It also contains a full spectrum of B vitamins to support healthy energy production and nervous system health.*
Baby Yourself: Prenatal & Postnatal Multis
Before, during and after pregnancy, you (and baby!) need special nourishment. MegaFood Baby & Me 2™ Prenatal Multi provides optimal nutrition for moms-to-be with key nutrients like choline to support developing fetal health*, and Baby & Me 2 Postnatal Multi helps new moms meet changing nutritional needs while nursing, along with the herb Moringa leaf to support milk production.* Both are crafted with recommended vitamins and minerals plus added food like organic oranges, broccoli, carrots and brown rice, and both are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified glyphosate residue free, and gluten-, dairy-, soy-free.
40s: Multi for Women 40+
Women in their 40s usually have a renewed focus on health and wellness. With that focus comes a closer look at nutrients and their roles in the body, with a particular emphasis on bone health. This is a common time when your doctor may suggest that you get your vitamin D levels checked. And, did you know that close to 90 million Americans are either insufficient or deficient in Vitamin D?Footnote 1 Multi for Women 40+ contains 25 mcg (1000 IU) of vitamin D plus vitamins K1 and K2 to support healthy bones.* Because calcium and magnesium are best taken separately from a multivitamin, Multi for 40+ is formulated without calcium and magnesium. An excellent companion supplement to any of the women’s multis is MegaFood Bone Health.
50s, 60s and beyond: Multi for Women 55+
By 50, most women are experiencing changes associated with menopause. Once you’ve transitioned through menopause, you’ll also want to transition your multi. Once women stop their cycle, they will not be losing iron monthly, and generally don’t need to supplement with iron in their multi (unless specifically recommended by your healthcare practitioner).* Multi for Women 55+ contains a blend of vitamins, minerals and the unique addition of Green Tea Leaf Extract that support a woman's unique physiological needs.*
All of our doctor-formulated multis do have some important features in common, such as a convenient 2-tablet serving size. These tablets can be taken anytime of day, even on an empty stomach, making it so much easier to be consistent! All formulas also contain choline, methylated forms of vitamin B12 & Folate, and active forms of B2 & B6. They are all made with real food like broccoli, carrots, oranges and brown rice from trusted farm partners and are certified glyphosate residue free, Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten, dairy and soy-free.
Regardless of your age-specific multi, the entire doctor-formulated collection provides nutrient forms of vitamins and minerals at potencies recommended for women like you during your varying phases of life.* We give you (great!) options.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I’ve been using MegaFood supplements for almost 25 years. As my body changes with age, there is always a product to support those changes. MegaFood’s quality and consistent performance keep me coming back for more!” - Joan P.
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1The CDC Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population