Here’s Why It’s Important to Take a Multivitamin

Published: March 18, 2021Updated: March 2, 2022
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You may have outgrown the candy-flavored Flintstones tablets of the 90’s (anyone else sneak extras of your favorite flavor? Just us?), but the reality is, you haven’t outgrown the need for taking a multivitamin. You just need one that’s a little more grown-up—a little more suited to your current needs, like your energy levels and your reproductive health.  

Today, we’re breaking down multivitamins for you: how they work, why you need them (even if you don’t think you do), and how to find one that fits your daily routine.

What do multivitamins do?

Multivitamins are dietary supplements jam-packed with tons of different vitamins and minerals; the exact vitamins and minerals within a multivitamin vary from brand to brand. For example, SimpleHealth’s multivitamin, The Daily 5, has vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B (B6 and B12, that is), folate, magnesium, and zinc, which were all specially chosen to support reproductive health, immune system, and energy levels.*

Basically, multivitamins fill in the gaps where your diet, genetic predispositions, or other variables might leave you lacking. Taking a daily multivitamin helps ensure you’re getting all the nutrients and supplements you need, and that they’re being absorbed correctly by your body. 

Who needs multivitamins?

While most people can benefit at least a little bit from a multivitamin, certain populations definitely want to prioritize taking a “multi.” For example, vegans and vegetarians tend to have lower levels of vitamin B12, since that’s found primarily in animal products; taking a multivitamin helps fill that dietary gap. If you follow a certain diet or stay away from specific foods, a multivitamin is essential in making sure you have all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Or, you might take a multivitamin formulated for the life stage you’re in. You’ve probably already heard of prenatal vitamins, which contain folate and other vitamins that help the body grow a healthy baby. Even if you’re not actively trying to get pregnant, you can take a multivitamin that supports reproductive health and works in tandem with your birth control. And aside from prenatal vitamins, there are also vitamins for postmenopausal women, older adults (who usually need a boost for better bone health), and more. 

One last thing here: you might have heard that a multivitamin isn’t necessary if you eat a balanced, well-rounded diet. We agree that there’s some truth there, and that a whole-foods-first mentality to getting your essential nutrients is the best approach. But no matter how “healthy” you eat, it can still be really tough to get all the nutrients you need. A multivitamin is like a mini insurance policy that helps ensure you’re filling in all those dietary gaps or life stage needs.

How do you choose a multivitamin?

As usual, your first move should be to talk to your doctor about your specific supplement needs, and which multivitamin on the market has the right combination to address those gaps. A doctor will also help cross-check any other medication you’re on to make sure there isn’t a risk of a bad interaction.

You should also choose a multivitamin that’s easy for you to take regularly, because consistency is key when it comes to maintaining healthy levels of vitamins and minerals. That might mean taking a chewable gummy (especially if you’ve never gotten over giving up Flintstones vitamins—but check the ingredients list for added sugars or other unnecessary ingredients) or just adding a multi onto your birth control subscription so you never run out. Committing to taking your multivitamin daily will help you feel your best and will give you the support your body needs to live your best life.

Ready to add a multivitamin to your healthy routine? SimpleHealth’s Daily 5 is a five-in-one multivitamin made specifically for your reproductive health by supporting your cellular function, immune system, and energy supply.* Formulated with vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B (6 & 12), folate, magnesium, and zinc, our multivitamin is easy to swallow and tasteless for an easy daily dose. Plus, SimpleHealth patients can add The Daily 5 onto their recurring birth control subscription for a seamless experience.

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Disclaimer: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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