How to Choose a Multivitamin

If the world of vitamins and supplements has you confused, you’re not alone. With a dizzying number of choices, new studies every month and no federal regulations for the supplement industry, it’s hard to know what to do.

That’s why Dr. Tieraona Low Dog devoted a chapter of her book, Life Is Your Best Medicine: A Woman’s Guide to Health, Healing, and Wholeness at Every Age, to vitamins and minerals. She’s studied dietary supplements for 25 years and, not surprisingly, one of the questions people ask her most frequently is, “So, doctor, what supplements do you take?” Her answer is pretty simple:

I take a daily multivitamin/mineral (MVI), magnesium and fish oil. I have a very good diet, but I know that I don’t get all the nutrients I need every day, so taking an MVI just makes good sense to me. I take extra magnesium because it works like magic in preventing my migraines. The few times I have stopped taking it, I have had a migraine within a few days. It is inexpensive and safe, and it works. I take a fish oil supplement a few times a week, because I do not eat fish on a regular basis, and I am convinced that we need more omega-3 fatty acids than most of us currently get.

Dr. Low Dog goes into more detail in her book about vitamins that are important for women, but overall her advice to take a multivitamin is pretty simple—until you go shopping for one and try to make sense of the labels. Dr. Low Dog is here to rescue you again with a quick video guide to choosing a good multivitamin:


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