88% of teenage boys and 95% of teenage girls aren’t getting enough vitamin E from their diets. That’s a shame, since this antioxidant is another nutrient that helps support normal immune function. A word to the wise: Look for vitamin E sourced from mixed tocopherols, since that’s the same spectrum of this nutrient found in a healthy diet.*
Calcium might get all the credit when it comes to bone health, but the truth is that it has a lot of help from other nutrients behind the scenes. Vitamin K2 is one of those unsung helper nutrients, which supports the calcium we get from our diets.*
Like K2, magnesium supports bone health and works alongside Vitamin D to support normal muscle function—and while it’s found in foods like dark chocolate, nuts, and avocado, the truth is we need a lot of magnesium to meet our daily levels. 89% of teenage girls and 78% of teenage boys aren’t getting enough from their diets.*
We all need zinc, which helps support normal immune function, vision and bone support, and vitamin A metabolism.*
Nix the Sugar and Other Extras
It’s not just about what’s in a multivitamin, but what isn’t: Namely, added sugars, mystery fillers, artificial flavors, or colorants, which we don’t think have any place in your capsule. You'll also want to keep an eye out for gluten and other major allergens. (We don't include any of these things in Essential for Teens.)
A “Less Is More” Approach to Formulation
There are certain nutrients that most of us can get enough of through diet alone—and supplementing with more won’t necessarily do us any favors. Vitamin C is a great example: It’s found in such a wide range of fruits and vegetables, that the vast majority of us are getting enough on our plate. (Fun fact: One medium orange contains your entire day’s worth of vitamin C.)*
Calcium is another one. A lot of us can get a lot through our diets, but commonly may not be getting enough of the other “helper” nutrients that support bone health, like vitamin K2. Our pro tip: Instead of overloading on calcium in your multivitamin, look for those supporting players instead*.
A Traceable Multivitamin Label
Do you know where your multivitamin’s nutrients come from? Like, really know? We’re big believers in Traceability, which is all about lifting the curtain to our manufacturing process—from where we source our nutrients to the way they’re encapsulated. In other words, you deserve to know what you’re putting into your body and why.