What are multivitamins?

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Multivitamins are a combination of the key nutrients your body needs, in the form of a supplement. Depending upon your life stage and gender, there are specific multivitamin and mineral supplements to help you top up your daily diet.

In general, they normally include Vitamins A and C and the B family of vitamins, combined with a range of essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium and zinc. Some multivitamin and mineral supplements may also contain herbal ingredients to support health and wellbeing.

How to get the most out of your multivitamin?

To get the most out of your multivitamin, make sure you choose the right formula for you. As men and women have different nutritional requirements and health concerns, it is ideal to choose a multivitamin that will target those specific needs.

Multivitamins and minerals for women and men

Multivitamins for men and women may feature ingredients designed to support the following

Nervous system

Some B group vitamins (B1, B3, B6, B12) support energy levels and may assist nervous system function.


Magnesium and iron are vital for energy levels. Women with heavy blood loss during menstruation may require iron supplementation. The B group vitamins are also critical to the production of energy.


Nutrients essential for supporting healthy immune system function include vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E and the minerals such as zinc and selenium.


Iodine is a trace nutrient which supports healthy thyroid gland function. The thyroid gland produces hormones that affect our metabolic rate, and body temperature.

Bone health

Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are important nutrients essential for bone health and are essential to help achieve and maintain bone density.

What is the right multivitamin supplement for me?

Some multivitamins are formulated considering the nutritional and health requirements to suit different life stages and gender. These products may contain different ingredients and/or they could contain different amounts of certain nutrients. Women’s multivitamins are created specifically to meet women’s nutritional needs. Beneficial ingredients include:


Iron is needed to make hemoglobin and support healthy red blood cell production.


Calcium supports the development of bones and teeth.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 may help with the relief of premenstrual tension symptoms (PMS).


Biotin may help support hair and nail health.

Similarly, men’s Multivitamins are designed to meet men’s nutritional needs. Ingredients to look out for in men’s multivitamins are:


Men have greater zinc needs than women as it supports functioning of the male reproductive system.


Selenium has antioxidant properties and supports sperm production.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

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