The Best Multivitamins for Women
There are so many factors that go into choosing the right multivitamin for you—your age, your overarching lifestyle, your dietary preferences—but according to registered dietitian and Future fitness trainer Greg Farris, quality control is the first thing to consider. "Consumers should purchase from companies who show evidence of third-party tests to ensure what's on the label matches what's in the product, and that their product is free of contamination," he says. This information is usually featured prominently on the bottle: "Look for stickers on the product that note third-party testing. Two of the most popular third-party tests are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and NSF (National Sanitation Foundation)," he notes.
Once you've guaranteed the formula, Farris says to scan the ingredient list; it should contain both fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. "The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K; water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the family of B vitamins," he says. Vitamin D is particularly critical, he adds, since "numerous studies show that over half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D due to our lifestyles shifting indoors. Compound this with the fact that sufficient vitamin D is incredibly difficult to obtain through whole-foods alone, and it makes it crucial to supplement for most individuals."
Here's the thing: While multivitamins are important, Farris says they shouldn't replace a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. "I know this is said over and over, but it's the truth," he says. "A diet high in fruits and vegetables has benefits far outside of the vitamins and minerals they contain." For example, fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and water content, which play a huge role in decreasing hunger and cravings throughout the day. "That's a benefit you're only going to get from eating whole-foods—not popping a pill," he says. Farris likes to tell his clients that multivitamins should be thought of as an insurance policy, not a foundation. Ahead, some tried-and-true options to help you reach peak health.
- Women's Multivitamin with Folic Acid: OLLY Women's Multivitamin Gummies
- Vegan and Organic Women's Multivitamin: Supplements Studio Daily Vegan Whole Food Multivitamin Plus
- Women's Multivitamin with Biotin: One A Day ″VitaCraves″ Women's Multivitamin Gummies
- Allergy-Free Women's Multivitamin: SmartyPants Women's Formula Gummy Multivitamins
- Women's Multivitamin with Collagen: Nature's Bounty Women's Gummy Multivitamin
One berry-flavored, chewable gummy is full of vitamin B for energy, vitamin D and calcium for bone health, and vitamins A, C, and E for an overall wellness boost. What's more, it contains with folic acid, which is important for women of child-bearing age to have in their diet—especially if they are planning to conceive in the near future.
Shop Now: OLLY Women's Multivitamin Gummies, $12.49, target.com.
If you're looking for a vitamin to share with other members of your household, try this organic iteration by Supplements Studio. Each dose comes with three strains of probiotics and 25 different vitamins and minerals—plus, the pills are vegan. Made for a mix of needs, this supplement will also boost gut health, mental clarity, and energy.
Shop Now: Supplements Studio Daily Vegan Whole Food Multivitamin Plus, $23.47, amazon.com.
These multivitamins are packed with nutrients like evening primrose, cranberry, green tea, horsetail silica, and CoQ10; they come in a soft gel form, which makes them easier to both swallow and absorb. According to registered dietitian and Future fitness trainer Greg Farris, this formula checks all of the boxes. "They are third-party tested, cover a broad range of nutrients, and are cost effective," he says.
Shop Now: NOW Foods "EVE Superior" Women's Multivitamin, $22.99, vitacost.com.
Garden of Life
Made from cruelty-free and raw ingredients, this whole-food, non-GMO multivitamin is NSF-certified to be gluten free and kosher. There are no binders or fillers in this supplement, which means you're only getting the nutrients you need—like iron, zinc, and vitamins—and nothing you don't.
Shop Now: Garden of Life Vitamin Code, $31.49, amazon.com.
Full of extra premium ingredients like beta carotene, vitamin B6, and more, this gummy formula by SmartyPants packs everything women need into a single capsule. The multivitamin is also free of common allergens like milk, eggs, and shellfish, so it's a great option for anyone looking to boost their nutrient intake while avoiding certain ingredients that may trigger a reaction.
Shop Now: SmartyPants Women's Formula Gummy Multivitamins, $26.48, amazon.com.
Created with postmenopausal women in mind, this multivitamin is best for women over the age of 50. It has omega-3 DHA (this is excellent for heart health), vitamin D3 (which bolsters your immune system), magnesium, and boron (both of which improve bone density).
Shop Now: Ritual Essential for Women 50+, $35, ritual.com.
Many women need an added boost of iron in their diet, which is why this formula has an additional 18 milligrams of iron in each pill. Pills are made sans artificial colors, flavors, and gluten.
Shop Now: Nature Made Multi For Women's Tablets, $30.49, walmart.com.
If you're looking for a supplement that will provide high potency multivitamins and minerals, look no further than this formula from Life Extension. These pills (take two per day!) are loaded with B1, B6, and B12, as well as other important nutrients like biotin, selenium, and vitamin C.
Shop Now: Life Extension Two Per Day Multivitamins, $18, amazon.com.
Iron can be hard on sensitive stomachs, which is why this multivitamin from Thorne comes without any additional iron or copper supplementation—plus, the formula's calcium and magnesium come in chelate form, which is highly digestible and easy on the stomach.
Shop Now: Thorne Women's Multi 50+, $45, pureformulas.com.