What Every Woman Should Know Before Taking a Multivitamin

As a lifestyle consultant and blogger, avid athlete, wife and mother, I’m always on the hunt for practical and affordable health-promoting products that make it easier for women to live well by putting their wellbeing at the forefront of everything they do. While I’m personally not a big fan of dietary supplements, I do occasionally include them on my shortlist of products to review.

Movita Front Nina Cherie Franklin PhDI was recently asked to try out a specialized women’s multivitamin launched under a new brand of organic dietary supplements called Movita. Movita was founded by Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of celebrated director Spike Lee and women’s health advocate who as a busy mom knows firsthand the inherent challenges of navigating work, family, and wellness.

During a brief Q&A, I asked Lewis Lee what makes Movita stand out from the many other multivitamin supplement brands on the market. Before I delve into her response, I’d like to briefly tackle the subject of multivitamins, which I’m sure most of you have heard of or even tried.

Indeed, multivitamins are the world’s most popular dietary supplements, used by 40-50 percent of American women on a daily basis. They generally contain at least 100 percent of most micronutrients at recommended daily intake levels, including nearly all the essential vitamins along with sizeable amounts of key minerals.

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Interestingly, nowadays, more and more multivitamins are specifically aimed at women’s health. For instance, a women’s multivitamin may be specially formulated with more calcium and iron due to a woman’s relatively higher demands for these minerals throughout the lifespan.

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Needless to say, one of the questions I get asked most often by female clients, readers, and followers is whether or not I’m a proponent of taking multivitamins.

Honestly, it’s pretty much impossible for me to give a simple “Yes” or “No” to that question.

On the one hand, you can greatly optimize your nutrition and achieve good health by eating a well-planned, balanced mix of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, good fats, and high-quality protein sources (meat, fish, and low-fat dairy foods). Collectively, these foods are some of the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants, which inherently negates the necessity for supplementing.

But, on the other hand, if your diet severely lacks certain micronutrients, taking a multivitamin can definitely help pick up some of the slack.

And then there’s the question of which multivitamin is best?

Well, due to the generally chaotic nature of the global dietary supplements market, this is yet another question that’s especially difficult to answer.

Problem is, in spite of their widespread popularity and use, there’s actually no legal or regulatory definition of standardization for supplements. This includes multivitamins. Therefore, it’s difficult to say that one is better than the other. I will say, however, that in accordance with current research, it’s better to stick with those comprised of at least 10 essential micronutrients at recommended daily intake levels as opposed to megadosing on single micronutrients.

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I also suggest scrutinizing food labels in order to choose a multivitamin derived from whole foods as opposed to synthetic ingredients. This way, you’re supplying your body with high-quality micronutrients that are as close to their “natural” form as possible.

And, this finally brings me back to the subject of the Movita brand, which certainly appears to meet all the basic requirements of a premium women’s multivitamin.