A healthy lifestyle starts with nutrition. Getting enough essential nutrients can affect everything from energy levels to mood. When it comes to keeping you and your family healthy, it’s worth considering supplements as a source of important nutrients. Supplements can be a great way to get vitamins and minerals you might not be getting in your normal diet. Nowadays, an estimated 50% of Americans use dietary supplements. But the world of vitamins and supplements can be overwhelming – there are countless products, brands and theories around supplementing, making it difficult to know where to start. That’s where we come in.
The first step to finding the right supplements for everyone in your family is to understand that each person is unique. Everyone has different needs and possible deficiencies based on age, diet and lifestyle, so the vitamins that are best for you aren’t necessarily what a child or an elderly parent might need.
Below, we break down the pros and cons of taking multivitamins versus individual supplements.
While a healthy, balanced diet can provide you with many essential vitamins and minerals, a multivitamin can be a great way to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs. National surveys consistently show that many Americans fail to get the recommended daily value of essential vitamins and minerals through diet alone.
Multivitamins are an easy and convenient way to fill in the gaps that your diet may miss. Most multivitamins are a great source of vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as other important nutrients such as folic acid, biotin and iron. KAL Enhanced Energy Once Daily Multivitamin provides a host of essential vitamins and minerals intended to support healthy functions, and works to ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to function its best. For your little ones, KAL MultiSaurus® Multivitamin packs a variety of important vitamins and minerals into great-tasting chewables perfect for kids.
While multivitamins are good for providing a base of nutrients, they’re not always ideal for people who have specific health needs. Because they’re intended to offer general nutritional aid, they may not be the best option if you're looking for targeted support.
For those with specific dietary needs or health demands, individual supplements are a great source of targeted vitamins and minerals. For instance, groups like vegetarians and women could be in need of additional iron, so a supplement like KAL Iron Glycinate may be a more focused solution than a multivitamin.
Here are some other popular individual supplements KAL customers love:
B12 Methylcobalamin ActivMelt
KAL B12 Methylcobalamin ActivMelt instant-dissolve tablets provide 2,000 mcg of vitamin B12 per serving. Vitamin B12 may support healthy energy metabolism, nerve function and heart activity. Our ActivMelt dissolves quickly in the mouth for optimal absorption.
Magnesium Glycinate 400
For their full daily value of magnesium, many KAL customers turn to KAL Magnesium Glycinate 400. Magnesium may support a variety of functions, like healthy muscle recovery and feelings of calmness.
D3 K2 ActivMelt™
Many people take vitamin D3 to support bone health. KAL D3 K2 ActivMelt™ instant-dissolve tablets combine vitamin D3 with vitamin K2, which may help your body absorb calcium and direct it to the right place, supporting healthy teeth, bones and heart function.
Omega 3 Fish Oil Softgel
With 1000 mg of natural marine lipid concentrate for essential fatty acids, KAL Omega 3 Fish Oil Softgel may support healthy skin, joints, heart and memory function. Softgels are often a preferred delivery form.
Whether you plan to use multivitamins, individual supplements or both, it’s important to consider what’s best for you personally. Everyone has unique lifestyles and needs, so your supplement routine should be curated especially for you. It's also important to talk to your licensed healthcare provider to make sure you’re taking the appropriate amounts.
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