I normally NEVER do this.
But since last week’s post (5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Multivitamin), I’ve received so MANY questions about which specific multivitamin you should buy.
Without knowing your personal health history, I cannot recommend you use a specific product. If I knew all about your health conditions, allergens, health goals, and sensitivities, I could tell you the product that would best suit your needs. (If you are interested in working with me privately and getting a personal recommendation, contact me here.)
However, what I can do is provide you a list of multivitamins I have personally used and am happy with. The caveat is companies can change formulations and ingredients at any time. But as of today, my list is current.
Keep reading for four of my favorite multivitamins that I have personally used.
Please note: As usual, I DO NOT have any financial relationships to any of the brands/companies listed below. Please discuss starting a multivitamin with your healthcare providers.
Smarty Pants Prenatal Complete
Smarty Pants multivitamins are chewable gummies and contain high quality vitamin forms. I personally used this during my pregnancy. Please note, this product does NOT contain iron. If you need to supplement iron, this is not the best option.
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy often has sales on Smarty Pants vitamins. So does Vitacost.
Thorne Research Laboratories Basic Nutrients 2/Day
If swallowing horse-pills isn’t for you, this multivitamin may be a good option. It comes as a capsule that is easy to swallow. This product contains calcium - which may be a pro or a con. It also contains beta-carotene which is not a good choice for smokers or those with asbestos exposure.
It’s rare to find Thorne Research on sale. If I find a source or sale, I’ll be sure to post it here.
mykind Organics Multi
The ingredients in these multivitamins are certified USDA organic and non-GMO. Most ingredients are food derived, which some people like. These multivitamins contain calcium and an organic food blend- which may be a pro or a con depending on your personal needs. They also contain beta-carotene which is not a good choice for smokers or those with asbestos exposure.
mykind multivitamins often go on sale at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. I suspect they will have a special Thanksgiving sale as well.
Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. Multivitamin
Pure Encapsulations makes a high quality multivitamin for adults. Fact: many multivitamins contain common allergens (like gluten, soy, or eggs). If you are gluten-intolerant, the Pure Encapsulations multivitamin may be a good choice for you as they are gluten-free. And if you avoid animal products you can rest easy knowing they are vegetarian. Please note, this multivitamin contains beta-carotene which is not a good choice for smokers or those with asbestos exposure.
Pure Encapsulations has 30% off friends and family discounts throughout the year so be on the watch for sales.
There you have it! Four multivitamins that I have personally used and happy with. Please remember, picking a multivitamin is an individualized process and depends on your specific health history and needs (which may be different from mine). And be sure to check with your healthcare providers before starting a multi.