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THE A-B-Cs of VITAMINS

A well-rounded diet is the best way for your body to get all the nutrients it needs. But what if your busy schedule doesn’t allow time for a meal that covers all the food groups? If your life is filled with drop offs, meetings, and errands, there are a wide range of vitamin supplements that can help balance out some of those less-than-perfect meals eaten on the run.

How do you know which vitamins are right for you?

  1. Taking a multivitamin is an easy, all-around way to supplement a variety of nutrients. But also consider your diet. For example, vegetarians may have different needs than meat eaters. To best know what your body needs most, consult with your doctor.
  2. Calcium is an important supplement for most new moms because women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones. Depending on how much calcium you consume in your diet, a doctor may recommend an individual calcium supplement in addition to a multivitamin.
  3. If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, doctors recommend taking prenatal vitamins that are high in iron, calcium, and folic acid, which is crucial to your baby’s development.
  4. It’s easy to forget to take your vitamins. Keep them near the sink or on the nightstand so that taking vitamins becomes part of your daily routine.
  5. Finally, to ensure you’re taking high-quality supplements, look for the USP or NSF approval mark on the label. Those marks belong to the two organizations—United States Pharmacopeia and NSF International—that test vitamin supplements and certify that they meet high-quality standards.