We get it: Shopping for the right multivitamin can feel… well, overwhelming. With so many options (and an overload of information) on the market, it can be tricky to discern exactly what the body needs on a daily basis—and at the end of the day, understand how a great multivitamin can help provide support.*
So allow us to help out—we're kind of pros at sifting through the BS and getting straight to the science. For starters, we're believers in a food-first approach: A healthy diet is arguably the best source for most of the nutrients and vitamins needed on a daily basis. The caveat, however, is that most of us may commonly still come up short when it comes to meeting certain nutrient needs. (And different lifestyle choices, like a vegan diet, can definitely factor in as well.)*
That's why from our POV, an ideal women's multivitamin should help fill nutrient gaps in the diet without overloading things. Want an example? People commonly get enough vitamin C just from the foods they eat, which is why we chose not to include it in our multivitamins. You might be thinking that more of this nutrient can't hurt, right? Well, that's not exactly true: Sometimes overdoing it on one nutrient can impact another.*
Calcium is another one we like to call out. It's obviously a key player in bone health, but the thing is that a lot of us can get adequate calcium through our diets—and more and more emerging research suggests that overdoing it on calcium may do more harm than good. That's why we choose to focus on calcium-helper nutrients like magnesium, vitamin D3, and boron, which also play important roles in supporting bone health.*
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. After combing thousands of studies and journals, our science team identified nine key nutrients to look for in a daily multivitamin.