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Don't pop that pill until you see how you can get your vitamins and minerals the natural way, in the food you eat, with this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
Narrow down your choices based on how you would like to ingest your vitamin: in powder form, capsule, tablet, or liquid.
Further narrow down your selection by deciding how often you would like to take a vitamin: a single daily dose or spread out throughout the day.
Check essential vitamins
Make sure it provides at least 100 percent of the eight essential vitamins: thiamine or B-1, riboflavin or B-2, niacin or B-3, B-6, B-12, D, E, and folic acid.
Confirm vitamin A & C
Check that it contains some vitamin A and vitamin C.
Check mineral level
Check mineral levels. It should provides at least 50% of your daily chromium, copper, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
Don't worry about getting calcium in your multivitamin -- it's better taken separately, as the daily recommended levels are too large to be contained a single pill.
Avoid too much phosphorus
Avoid multivitamins with too much phosphorus, which we get plenty of in our diets.
If you're a woman, vegetarian, or have been diagnosed as anemic, select a multivitamin that contains iron in ferrous form, which is most readily absorbed.
Compare prices and remember that you're shopping for a daily multivitamin, which can add up.
Only purchase quality-guaranteed or laboratory-tested multivitamins.
Now that you've chosen your multivitamin, make sure you take it regularly.