I am looking for a vitamin for my teenage daughters.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am looking for a vitamin for my teenage daughters but I am so intimidated by the multitude of choices. What do you recommend?” — Karen F., Columbia, MD
A. Dear Karen, Multivitamin and mineral supplements are crucial in bridging the gap between the amount of nutrients provided by food intake and that which may be lacking.
However, choosing the right daily multivitamin and mineral formula can be a real challenge. I personally feel that multivitamin and mineral formulas have become too over-specialized. Or at least that is how they are marketed. The reality is that most people, regardless of gender and age, need the same nutrients – including bioavailable B-vitamins, and chelated minerals.
I recommend choosing a multivitamin that features B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P, methylcobalamin, and L-methylfolate. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, support a positive mood, and optimize metabolism.
You also want to look for a multivitamin that features chelated trace minerals. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral and a molecule that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. Amino acids are excellent molecules to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall. Because they are so small, they can be transported directly into the cells of the body, where they can get to work right away.
The very best premium daily multivitamin and mineral formulas are taken more than once a day. Keep in mind that one tablet or capsule could not possibly fit the optimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and herbs needed to provide significant nutritional support. In addition, many nutrients are only active in the body for a short period of time and need to be replenished every 6 to 8 hours. Multiple daily doses ensure that your body is receiving optimal nutrient levels throughout the day.
Terry . . . Naturally