A Multivitamin Is Just The Beginning
While it is important to eat right, exercise and keep a healthy state of mind to achieve good health, many people like to supplement their diets to ensure that they are receiving all of the nutrients their bodies need. A healthcare practitioner trained in nutrition should determine the dosages that can help an individual meet their specific nutritional needs - which are based on many factors: gender, age, illness, injury, diet, etc. However, most healthy individuals can follow these recommendations:
Multivitamin: The multivitamin is the foundation of any supplement program. It acts as an "insurance policy," providing an array of essential nutrients. Multivitamins come in a variety of forms and dosages. Read the article "How To Choose A Multivitamin" for guidelines that will help in selecting the right multivitamin.
Calcium/Magnesium Supplement: Because of the large molecular size of calcium and magnesium, most multivitamins do not contain enough of these minerals to meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults (calcium: 800-1200 mg; magnesium: 280-400 mg). Although these minerals have been marketed primarily to women as necessary components for healthy bones, calcium and magnesium play other important roles in the body and are essential for both men and women.
Antioxidants: A full spectrum of synergistic antioxidants - carotenoids, vitamins E and C, alpha lipoic acid, n-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), coenzyme Q-10 and phytonutrients, such as polyphenols and tocotrienols - is the body's best defense against free-radical damage.