Taking a multivitamin is one of the foundations of good health, especially if you’re a woman. In fact, researchers recently found that women with no history of heart disease who regularly take multivitamins significantly reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack. And the longer you take one, the better.
For the study, a team of Swedish researchers followed about 30,000 women for 10 years. At the outset of the study, most of the women were healthy, with no history of heart disease and ranged in age from 49 to 83. And about 60 percent of them regularly took multivitamins.
Over the next 10 years, about 1,100 women suffered heart attacks. But taking a multivitamin clearly lowered a woman’s risk.
In fact, women with no history of heart problems who took a daily multivitamin for five years reduced their heart attack risk by almost 20 percent. Plus, if a woman took a multivitamin for 10 years, she lowered her heart disease risk by 41 percent compared to non-vitamin takers.
So when looking for a good multivitamin, here are a few tips:
1. Skip the grocery store brands. These only contain 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). And the RDA just doesn’t cut it. As I’ve said before, look for a high-quality multi that will give you 25 mg of B1, B2, and B6.
2. Skip any the once-a-day brands. I know you like the convenience of an "all-in- one" daily vitamin. But all the good stuff can’t fit into one single capsule. A good multivitamin usually consists of 3 to 6 capsules that you take throughout the day.
3. Look for a multi that contains digestive enzymes like amylase, lipase, and protease. These make your capsules bigger, but they’re really important. They help support proper digestion and ensure the best possible absorption of vital nutrients in your multi.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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