Supplement shopping isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Even when you're looking for a simple multivitamin, there are shelves full of bottles to choose from, touting all sorts of benefits. How to choose? Bob Greene, in his book, 20 Years Younger, provides these tips for when you're on the market for a multivitamin.
- Choose a formula that contains as close to 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for most of the nutrients listed.
- Make sure it contains at least 100% DV for vitamin D.
- If you're a woman under age 50, look for !00% DV for folic acid.
- Avoid formulas with more than 100% DV for vitamin A and zinc.
- If you're a woman over age 50 or a man of any age, avoid formulas wth more than 100% DV of iron.
- Avoid formulas with added herbs, which are likely at such low levels that you won't see a benefit.
- If you're a man, look for a formula with no more than 8mg iron.
- If you're a woman under age 50, choose a formula with 18mg iron.