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While a well-balanced diet is the first step to getting your body the nutrients it needs, taking a vitamin or supplement can help you fill any remaining nutritional gaps.† However, if you’re like most people, you might be wondering which minerals you should be taking, or how you’re supposed to choose the right vitamin or supplement. Let’s go over some of the basics.
Whether they’re producing new cells, defending your body from harmful germs or supporting organ function, there are 13 essential vitamins your body needs to stay healthy. Four of these vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K) are fat-soluble vitamins, which means they’re absorbed along with fats and stored in the body’s fatty tissues. The other nine are water-soluble vitamins, which means they aren’t stored by the body and must be replenished every day. The nine water-soluble vitamins are made up of vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyroxidine (vitamin B6), biotin (vitamin B7), folate (vitamin B9) and cobalamin (vitamin B12).
Just like vitamins, minerals help your body function in a normal and healthy manner. From building or maintaining strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses, they play a vital part in your well-being.† There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals, which your body needs a larger amount of, include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. The trace minerals, which your body needs less of, includes iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.
Multivitamins are popular because they conveniently contain many different vitamins and minerals in an easy-to-take daily supplement. With so many options, figuring out how to choose the best multivitamin may seem daunting, but with targeted support for men and women of all ages, and with multiple forms to choose from, you can find multis for everyone in the family.
Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, our bodies naturally host hundreds of bacterial species, with trillions of microorganisms inhabiting a normal intestinal tract. Probiotic supplements contain live microorganisms designed to maintain or improve the “good” bacteria in your body. With strange names and confusing numbers, we know it isn’t easy to choose the right probiotic, so check out this a probiotics glossary to help you understand the lingo before shopping for a pre- or probiotic to support you and your health.†
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