Why it’s Important for Women to Take a Multivitamin

A quality multivitamin is a good investment for just about anyone, but research shows that women might benefit from a multivitamin even more than men. Recent studies indicate that women 19 to 50 years old are most likely to experience some type of vitamin deficiency. Chances of a deficiency are compounded if a woman is pregnant or nursing and the risk is even greater if they do not currently use a multivitamin.

Why do women need vitamins even more than men? There are many reasons: hormonal, physiological, social. Here are a few:

Strong Bones:

Women are more prone to bone loss than men. In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 80 percent of the 10 million Americans who suffer from osteoporosis are women. Supplemental calcium has long been used to keep bones strong and healthy. Women under 50 are generally recommended to get 1000 mg a day. It’s best absorbed in multiple small doses, ideally under 500 mg at a time.

Iron Woman:

By some estimates, women make up almost 80 percent of all vegans and nearly 60 percent of vegetarians. It’s generally accepted that vegans need to supplement with Vitamin B12, but followers of plant-based eating are also at risk for deficiencies of iron and zinc since plant-derived sources of these minerals are converted by the body at a lower rate than animal sources. Even omnivorous women are at risk for iron deficiency since women tend to lose iron through menstruation.

The Sun:

Research shows that over 40 percent of Americans suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. It’s fair to say that women take better care of their skin than men and that can contribute to low levels of Vitamin D. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that twice as many women use sunscreen as men. While the sun is one of the leading causes of premature aging of the skin, it is also the best source of vitamin D. Unfortunately, sunscreen blocks Vitamin D just like it blocks harmful radiation.

MIKE CARLSON

MIKE CARLSON

Medical Science/Health Writer and Editor - http://bit.ly/3anof4K

Mike Carlson is a freelance health and fitness writer and a lifelong Southern Californian. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles what feels like a long time ago, and has been a full-time editor for Los Angeles Magazine, Men’s Fitness, and the UFC, as well as a copy writer for various nutritional supplement companies. As a health reporter, he’s crafted features for the American Optometric Association, Stanford Health Care, the National Hemophilia Foundation and USA Today. Mike spends most of his free time applying sunscreen, but between slatherings he coaches soccer, competes in various endurance races and loves to explore the culinary and outdoor majesty of his home state. Current obsessions include the Los Angeles Dodgers, kombucha and distilling bourbon at home. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a bulldog named Frankie.