When would I need to supplement?
Most people may benefit from a multivitamin, but some groups may benefit more than others.
Trying for a baby
If you’re planning on having a baby, it’s important to consider folic-acid-containing supplements such as Bio-Multi Woman as soon as possible and ideally, 2-3 months prior conception. The presence of adequate folic acid in the body can help protect the developing fetus from neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
Women undertaking special diets, especially weight loss diets, may benefit from taking a multivitamin such as Bio-Multi Women. When we consume less food than our body needs, our intakes of vitamins and minerals may also become lower than what we need. To ensure good intakes of these nutrients, a multivitamin can help.
Exercise increases the body’s need for vitamins and minerals. Those undertaking high levels of physical activity, such as athletes, gym goers or with physical jobs may find that a multivitamin helps them meet their elevated nutrient needs.
Supporting a busy lifestyle
Stress may result in higher needs for certain vitamins, especially the water-soluble B vitamins. Bio-Multi Women contains a full B complex to help replace vitamins lost due to a stressful lifestyle.
Bio-Multi Woman is a broad-spectrum, high-quality nutritional supplement manufactured in accordance with pharmaceutical standards. Bio-Multi contains 16 vitamins and minerals, including the patented selenium preparation SelenoPrecise® and other important antioxidants.
One single tablet provides a high dose of the most relevant vitamin and minerals, including the group of B vitamins.
Of particular importance for menstruating women are Bio-Multi Woman’s content of iron, which contributes to a normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin. A lack of iron can be associated with fatigue and concentration issues.
What are vitamins?
Vitamins are essential, organic compounds that the body is either unable to produce or produces in amounts that are inadequate. That is why we need vitamins from our diet. A nutrient can only be referred to as a vitamin if a deficiency causes a specific disease. Vitamins are grouped as either water-soluble or fat-soluble vitamins. The water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body but are excreted relatively quickly. The fat-soluble vitamins, on the other hand, are stored and take longer to exit the body. For that reason it takes a while before signs of a deficiency occur.
Some vitamins and minerals like selenium, zinc, vitamin C and -E have antioxidant properties meaning that they are able to protect cellular DNA, proteins, and lipids against so-called oxidative stress. In a multivitamin complex, the relation between the individual vitamins and minerals is adjusted proportionally.
What are minerals?
Minerals are elements found in the earth and in the sea, where they are absorbed by plants and continue up through the food chain. When we eat plants and animals we get minerals in the form of various elemental salts. Selenium contributes to a healthy immune system and thyroid function. Zinc plays a role in the maintenance of skin, hair, vision, nails and bones. Chromium take a part in the maintenance of a normal blood glucose level and magnesium contributes to a healthy muscle function.
The body is not able to absorb pure minerals very well. Also inorganically bound minerals are not absorbed nearly as well as organically bound ones depending on the specific mineral.
The minerals in our diet are divided in the following categories, depending on how much we need on a daily basis:
- Macro minerals: Over 100 mg daily
- Trace elements: From 1 - 100 mg daily
- Micro minerals: Under 1 mg (1.000 μg) daily
Macro minerals are not more important for our health than micro minerals, although we need to ingest larger amounts of them. It is exactly like an intricate clockwork where the small cogwheels are every bit as important as larger cogwheels in order for the watch to function properly.